With the draft now behind us, we officially kick off the dreaded May-July portion of the offseason, otherwise known as the period of time where we question our sanity for still caring about the NFL. Don’t worry, you’re not the only one, I’m fucking writing a blog post, there’s a reason the league can charge 300 bucks for Sunday ticket, we’re a bunch of football crazed zombies, they’ve got us by the balls.
Most of today’s articles will be focused on Gareon Conley (meeting with the Cleveland police), maybe Melifonwu (rumors Raiders were considering taking him in the first round), or the truly compelling story of whether Vanderdoes will keep or shave the porn-stache.
Those are all interesting topics, but on Saturday something happened that could have an equal impact over this years draft class. While scanning through the list of random (and mostly unheard of) Saturday afternoon Raiders UDFA signings, my eyebrows were raised while I had to do a double take to make sure I wasn’t hallucinating from too many hours of flipping between Eisen and Kiper. To my surprise, I recognized one of the names, and it was a player I was not expecting to see. You might not have heard, but the newest Raiders wide receiver is former Baylor Bear, Ishmael Zamora.
Ishmael Zamora at today's Pro Day:
WT: 224 lbs.
— Trevor Sikkema (@TampaBayTre) April 5, 2017
As a redshirt sophomore, Zamora hauled in 63 receptions for 809 yards and 8 TD’s. Playing opposite K.D. Cannon, Zamora saw less targets than the Bears #1 option in 2016. It might have been smart to stay in school another year, Zamora could have feast as the #1 option in the high potent Baylor offense – while putting the past further in the rear view mirror – the way Joe Mixon did (2nd round pick of the Bengals this year).
That past I’m speaking of, is a video that was released last August.
Zamora filmed himself kicking and slapping his dog 8 times in the face with a belt. It’s an inexcusable act by a dumb kid, I won’t defend it, but Zamora pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge, served a 3 game suspension and if Reggie McKenzie and Mark Davis are comfortable with this move, then I won’t protest giving the kid a second chance.
It certainly helps that he’s a beast on the field.
Definitely the type of player who can compliment what Cooper brings to the field.
That’s NFL level physicality.
Seth Roberts job could be in jeopardy.
I try not to get too excited over undrafted free agents, every time I get fired up over a player that slips through the cracks of the NFL draft, it seems they get cut during the first waive of roster cut-downs. I think this situation could be the exception because I don’t think you risk the PR backlash unless we were seriously considering him an option to make the final 53.
For a team that’s needed a big physical red zone target, there weren’t many better options in the entire draft than Ishmael Zamora. To get him without using a draft pick could be further evidence that McKenzie has some jedi shit going on. Derek Carr has some weapons at his disposal, this is going to be a fun year to be a Raiders fan.