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Raiders UDFA profile: Wide receiver Noel Grigsby

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Thearon W. Henderson

The Raiders went without drafting a wide receiver this year, so it's no real wonder they have been actively pursuing and signing them as undrafted free agents. The Raiders' wide receiver position isn't settled and the undrafted free agent receivers know it so several are accepting the contract offer from the Raiders.

One such receiver is San Jose State standout, Noel Grigsby. He was David Fales' favorite target over four seasons at San Jose State. So much so that the 5-10, 185-pounder had set school records for career receptions (237) and career receiving yards (3121)... before even entering his senior season.

In that junior season he caught 82 passes for 1,307 yards, becoming the second player in school history to catch 70 or more passes in two different seasons. He was named first team All-WAC that season. He had been part of the All-WAC second team the previous season when he set a school singe season record with 89 receptions.

He opted to return for his senior season and that decision cost him as he injured his knee after just two games and was lost for the rest of the season. He had 10 catches for 106 yards and 2 touchdowns in those two games.

That missed senior campaign had him fall completely off the draft radar and wasn't invited to the scouting combine. But as the Raiders' entire staff was at the San Jose State pro day, they had a chance to evaluate him up close and in person.

Grigsby gets to stay in the Bay Area to begin his NFL career. If that career is to last long, he will have to contribute on special teams. He has some kick return abilities which means his most direct competition will be current Raiders receiver, Greg Jenkins.

The video below was from a game in 2012 in which he torched Stanford with 7 catches for 93 yards and a touchdown.