Despite a dismal season along the offensive line last year, the Raiders didn't make a lot of additions this off-season. One of the few was signing offensive guard prospect, Lamar Mady as an undrafted free agent.
With the addition of Mady, the Raiders have another body to compete for a job along the interior offensive line. He is a versatile lineman, having played every offensive line position except left tackle in his college career.
As a right tackle his sophomore season, he helped Butler County Community College to the JuCo National Championship game. As a junior transfer at Youngstown, he started at left guard and didn't allow a single sack or pressure all season. As a senior he started all 11 games at right guard.
Though he was never a regular starter at center, he was a star center in high school and had taken snaps there enough in college to have some scouts projecting him as a center at the NFL level. He is not known for grasping a new playbook quickly which is a skill NFL centers must have as well as call out defenses. The Raiders also have three other centers on the roster in Stefen Wisniewski, Alex Parsons, and fellow UDFA rookie Deveric Gallington which makes the position a bit crowded.
His mobility and run blocking skills had some scouts pegging him as a zone blocking specialist. But at 6-2, 317 pounds he has the build and plenty of punch for a power man system. He also proved he can hold defenders out of the backfield consistently.
Mady put his strength on display and turned some heads with some solid offensive line play in the Texas vs The Nation game. That is also where undrafted free agent tight end Brian Leonhardt stood out and got the Raiders' attention. The well built offensive lineman later impressed again at the combine when he bench pressed 225 pounds 35 times which was second best among all players.
The New York Giants had shown a great deal of interest in Mady at his Pro Day and most scouts had him pegged as a round 6 or 7 pick. He went undrafted and either the Giants' interest petered out altogether, or Mady simply chose the Raiders over them as well as other potential suitors.
Mady joins another Youngstown State alum, Brandian Ross, on the Raiders.
The offensive guard position is not very crowded for the Raiders at the moment. Mady will compete with Tony Bergstrom, Mike Brisiel, Lucas Nix, and Jason Foster for time at one of the guard spots.