The Raiders welcomed five new players Saturday to complete a six-man draft class, and general manager Reggie McKenzie conceded, "It remains to be seen how good they'll be, but we anxiously await their presence."
As for the impending signing of former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Matt Leinart as reported by ESPN, not so fast.
"We're bringing Matt in for a tryout," McKenzie said. "Signing and all of that, that's secondary. ... We want to take a closer look at him, watch him throw the ball and see how his injury has come around."
Leinart broke the collarbone on his left (throwing) shoulder Nov. 27 during his first start for the Houston Texans and is familiar with the offensive system, much of which was imported by offensive coordinator Greg Knapp, a Texans assistant last season.
New to the Oakland roster are fourth-round pick Miles Burris, a linebacker out of San Diego State; fifth-round picks Jack Crawford and Justin Criner, the former a defensive end from Penn State, the latter a wide receiver from Arizona; sixth-round choice Christo Bilukidi, a defensive tackle from Georgia State; and seventh-round pick Nathan Stupar, a linebacker from Penn State.
They joined Utah guard Tony Bergstrom, who was drafted Friday night with the final pick of the third round. Bergstrom toured the facility Saturday and met with the media.
The Raiders entered the day with only four picks but swapped their spot at No. 148 to the Detroit
Burris, who will play outside linebacker, and Criner, who had 22 touchdown receptions in two years, have the most collegiate experience and might be able to contribute right away.
Burris, a two-time All-Mountain West Conference selection from Granite Bay in the Sacramento area, played in a 3-3-5 defense he believes prepared him well for the NFL.
"I was able to line up all over the field, blitz off the edge, line up on the tight end, outside of the box, inside the box, blitz from the inside, play Tampa 2 coverage, so I got to do a little bit of everything," he said.
Criner, 6-foot-3, 224 pounds, was projected to go as high as the second round by some draft analysts but dropped because of a 4.68 time in the 40-yard dash at the NFL scouting combine. He went in hoping to run under 4.5.
"I would just say that there's a difference between playing on the field and having field speed as opposed to straight-line speed," Criner said.
Crawford (6-5, 274) and Bilukidi (6-5, 290) both began playing football late in high school after being basketball players. Crawford was born in London and moved to New Jersey with a host family in part to play basketball.
Bilukidi was born in Angola, lives in Ottawa and has lived in France and Brazil. He ended up at Georgia State by way of Eastern Arizona Junior College.
"All these guys, to a certain degree, they're going to have to be brought along," McKenzie said. "The D-linemen, they did get into football late. But they are very good prospects, so even though they're a little raw, we feel like we can coach those guys up, and they eventually will be pretty good players."
Stupar, a college teammate of Crawford's as well as Raiders second-year center Stefen Wisniewski, was selected with the seventh-round pick acquired from Detroit.
"It's ongoing until we have a signed document," McKenzie said. "It's a constant struggle because you have the recruiting part of it. It gets competitive."
The Raiders don't expect to release information on undrafted free agents until their rookie minicamp the weekend of May 12 when players are on the premises, have passed physicals and have signed their contracts.