While the Raptors had no draft picks, they were active after the draft, signing a pair of Michigan Wolverines not long after. The Raptors came to terms with undrafted running back Ty Isaac and quarterback John O’Korn.
Isaac was a very solid back at Michigan, where for three years he totaled 1,170 yards and a 6.1 yards per carry average to go with eight touchdowns. He also appeared in 10 games as a freshman at USC.
“Ty is a good, bruising sort of back. He’s really big, 6-foot-3, 228 pounds, and he’s hard to take down,” Head Coach Ken Norton, Jr. said. “We struggled finding lead backs last year, but we have brought in a bunch of new faces this year and think there will be great competition.”
O’Korn is not your typical college quarterback, losing multiple position battled, but both were to exceptional athletes who were Heisman Trophy candidates. O’Korn started as a freshman at Houston, where he completed 58.1-percent of his passes for 3,117 yards, 28 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. The next year the superbly athletic Greg Ward Jr. beat him out for the starting spot. He then transferred to Michigan, but was beat out by Wilton Speight, another tremendously athletic quarterback that the college game now favors.
But O’Korn still showed quality ability as a dropback passer and routinely found himself in games. In his career he completed 55.9-percent of his passes for 5,214 yards and 38 touchdowns.
“John might be a better pro than college quarterback,” Norton said. “Today’s college game favors the guys who can run around all over the place, but at the pro level you need the big arm to get the ball down the field. John is a big-arm traditional quarterback and we think given good opportunities he can be a success at this level.”