Raiders reach deal with most of their draft class

Posted July 28, 2011 @ 9:48 a.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Updated July 29, 9:48 a.m. ET

The Raiders have signed all six of their draft picks after reaching a deal with their third-round pick, OT Joseph Barksdale.

According to the Oakland Tribune, the team agreed to deals with RB Taiwan Jones and Denarius Moore on Wednesday. C Stefen Wisniewski, CBs DeMarcus Van Dyke and Chimdi Chekwa, WR David Ausberry and TE Richard Gordon all signed contracts on Thursday before the team's first practice.

During the practice, Barksdale and the club reached an agreement, allowing the full class to be in uniform for Friday's workout.

The way we see it

The Raiders are looking for their rookies to make instant impacts, starting with Wisniewski, who is expected to be the Week One starter at center. Having them on the practice field from the start of camp is clearly a positive, because the better prepared this group is to contribute right away on all sides of the ball, the better chance Oakland has at being a surprise in the AFC West.