Baylor's Russell invited to Raiders rookie camp; three others sign UDFA deals

Published: Apr. 29, 2017 at 8:07 PM CDT
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Prior to an unrelated wedding ceremony at the Baylor Club at McLane Stadium, former Bears quarterback Seth Russell held out hope that he'd meet his football match in the form of an NFL team.

It happened, but after all 253 picks had already been announced.

Russell earned a rookie minicamp tryout with the Oakland Raiders, who had been in contact with the former Baylor quarterback prior to the draft.

Despite having four picks in the seventh round, Oakland did not plan on spending any of those on a QB. Derek Carr is the unquestioned starter, Connor Cook was selected in the fourth round of the 2016 draft, and E.J. Manuel was signed to a one-year contract this offseason.

The season-ending injuries in 2015 (neck) and 2016 (ankle) were the main reasons for Russell not being drafted despite a solid throwing session at Baylor's Pro Day earlier this month. He heard the seventh round as a possibility or even the sixth, but that going undrafted was more likely.

"Of course I want to be drafted," Russell said. "I mean, who doesn't want to be drafted? But that doesn't change who I am on the field or who I am off the field. If (Oakland) ends up being the place, they're going to get a guy that works hard, maybe not say a lot but will sit back, learn and push the guys ahead of me to be better."

Even though the Raiders want to bring in Russell to have him cleared by team doctors, he has not signed a contract, so the possibility of another NFL team signing him is still there.

"I've said before that there's a million pieces to this puzzle and I think I have about 20 of them," Russell said. "Maybe I have 21 now. I'm excited for the future and I know things are going to work out. If football doesn't work out, I know Waco has a lot of opportunities for me if that's what it comes down to."

Kyle Fuller was the only former Baylor player to be drafted this weekend, going in the 7th round (243rd overall) to the Houston Texans. Orion Stewart (Broncos), K.D. Cannon (San Francisco) and Ish Zamora (Oakland) signed undrafted free-agent deals.