In what is perhaps an attempt to duplicate the success the Raiders had with Rod Streater, Reggie McKenzie signed an undrafted rookie free agent who looks very promising in wide receiver Mike Davis. The University of Texas wideout received All-Big-12 honors three times in his career with the Longhorns and was one of the best players not to go drafted this year. A combination of untimely injuries that ruined his combine and pro day performance, coupled with a strong wide receiver draft class, led to Davis going undrafted. Davis is a speedy wideout with good athleticism but questionable hands. As an undrafted free agent, he is a very nice find for the Raiders and has a good shot a making the roster and continuing the Raiders’ dominance in the UDFA market.
Undrafted free agents are typically guys who are a long shot to make the team and might break the roster after a year or two on a practice squad. On occasion a player will show themselves to be a standout and will begin to contribute on special teams and add depth to a roster spot. Rarely though, is an UDFA the type of player who can make an impact on your team.
However, last season the Raiders saw two UDFAs start multiple games in Streater and Matt McGloin. As the team heads into the 2014 season, both guys look like they are in the long-term plans for the team. McGloin will not likely get another opportunity to start any time soon since the Raiders went out and traded for Matt Schaub and drafted Derek Carr this offseason. But with that being said, the Raiders clearly like what he has to offer and see him as the backup of the future.
Streater, on the other hand, looks poised to step up as the Raiders’ No. 1 receiver. He has improved his numbers and play in each season and did so with a lot of instability around him and some terrible players throwing him the ball. He has speed, size, runs good routes and is a hard worker. He has also become a fan favorite for all of these reasons and the fact that the Raiders did not draft a wide receiver shows he is also a favorite among the coaching staff and with the front office. Since the Raiders were in a position where they needed to focus on other areas besides wideout in the draft, they’re hoping the player who led Texas in receiving for each of the last three years can follow in Streater’s footsteps.