The annual make-defensive-players-feel-not-marketable event is coming up. It’s the NFLPA Rookie premiere. And this year it will feature two Raiders players, neither of whom are their pick at 4th overall, Clelin Ferrell.
It’s an event which NFLPA president Ahmad Nassar describes thusly:
“The NFLPA Rookie Premiere is an unparalleled opportunity for partners to engage with tomorrow’s most influential athletes. For the first time as professionals and following in the footsteps of Russell Wilson, Saquon Barkley and Baker Mayfield, this year’s rookies will learn about the business of football from union leadership as they start to build a plan to succeed beyond their playing careers while connecting on a personal level with partners who share their passion for the game.”
Of the 40 “Influential” rookies who will be in attendance, there is only on defender — 2nd overall pick, Nick Bosa. Even with 7 of the top 10 picks on defense, none of the other six were invited.
The Raiders rookies who will be attending are 24th overall pick Josh Jacobs and 5th round pick Hunter Renfrow.
You can see all the invites here.
Those two are two of the three offensive skill position players the Raiders drafted. The other was tight end Foster Moreau, but the NFLPA only invited the top three drafted tight ends to the event, so he will not attend.
All other players the Raiders drafted were on the defensive side of the ball — 27th overall pick Johnathan Abram, 40th overall pick Trayvon Mullen, 4th round picks DE Maxx Crosby and CB Isaiah Johnson, and 7th round pick DE Quinton Bell.