Conner Vernon didn’t get his name called in the NFL Draft this weekend, but the former Duke receiver was quick to find a home in free agency, signing on with the Oakland Raiders.
Duke WR Conner Vernon to the Oakland Raiders as an undrafted free agent
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) April 28, 2013
This move is a bittersweet one. Vernon has a much better chance at breaking the roster in Oakland, with the Raiders possessing severe talent deficiencies at the position, but he will also be plugged into one of the most unstable situations he could find himself in.
Oakland lacks a legitimate quarterback, as they currently are holding onto the hopes that Matt Flynn, who has been a backup his entire career, can emerge as a diamond in the rough, but there really is nothing resembling an established presence under center. The team also has seen a drastic change in regime the past couple seasons, so Vernon will step into an environment that is largely unproven and unknown.
Perhaps it will turn out to be a good fit, but for now it is a gamble.
Regardless, I, along with the entire Duke fanbase, wish Mr. Vernon the best of luck in Oakland.
Make the Blue Devils proud.
Note: Our scouting report on Vernon can be found here.