Defensive Tackle Gabe Wright, wide receiver Marquess Wilson, and running back Terrance West were all selected in the 2018 expansion draft.
Wright was taken in the second round, fifth overall, by the Oklahoma Roughnecks. Wright, a 6-foot-3, 300-pounder originally from Auburn was signed off an NFL practice squad last season and started a few games for the Raptors before being replaced in the starting lineup by mid-season signing Johnathan Hankins. Wright still kept a key rotational role on the inside of the defensive line. Wright finished the year with 31 tackles, two sacks and four hurries.
Wilson was also selected by the Roughnecks just two rounds later. He was a free agent signing last year, but the 6-foot-4, 206-pound wide receiver slipped down the depth chart and saw less and less time as the season wore on. Wilson finished the year with 21 passes for 258 yards and one score.
West actually ascended up the depth chart as the season wore on and finished the year as the team’s top running back. He became the starter halfway through the season and finished as the team’s top back with 187 rushes for 695 yards and two rushing touchdowns. However, the Raptors seem committed to working Jamaal Williams into a featured back role and brought in the bulldozing Bo Scarbrough through a trade as well.
Offensive weapon Greg Ward, Jr., who played quarterback in college and was working as a wide receiver professionally, was not selected in the expansion draft but was ultimately released at its completion clearing $400K in savings. Including Ward’s release, the team saved $1.5M against the cap.