Oakland Raiders’ GM Reggie McKenzie on NFL Draft: “I Could Not Address Everything That I Needed”

Apr 26, 2013; Alameda, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie during the 2013 draft press conference at Oakland Raiders headquarters. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

The Oakland Raiders had needs at just about every position going into the 2013 NFL Draft, and even after bringing in a fresh crop of players, they still have some slots to fill.

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network believes the Raiders upgraded their roster by ignoring need, but building depth. He spoke to Raiders’ GM Reggie McKenzie, who had this to say about the draft:

I could not address everything that I needed. Because you’re trying to get depth at some spots, you’re trying to upgrade your special teams, let alone offense, defense. You want to get competitive depth.

Just what do the Raiders need?

Our senior staff writer and assistant editor Baily Deeter believes they failed to address the tight end, defensive line, and wide receiver positions in the draft.

“When you are coming off of a 4-12 season and have the worst Super Bowl odds, any extra problems will kill the team,” he wrote.

However, McKenzie believed in drafting the best position player available, instead of selecting based on need at a particular position.

“You try to go with the best guys and then you address other areas with whatever else comes available this summer, training camp or at the cut-downs,” McKenzie told Rapoport. “You don’t stop trying to upgrade your roster.”

Here is the list of who they wound up selecting:

  1. Round 1: D.J. Hayden, CB, Houston.
  2. Round 2: Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State.
  3. Round 3: Sio Moore, LB, Connecticut.
  4. Round 4: Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas.
  5. Round 6: Nick Kasa, TE, Colorado.
  6. Round 6: Latavius Murray, RB, UCF.
  7. Round 6: Mychal Rivera, TE, Tennessee.
  8. Round 6: Stacy McGee, DT, Oklahoma.
  9. Round 7: Brice Butler, WR, San Diego State.
  10. Round 7: David Bass, DE, Missouri Western.

 

 

Topics: Oakland Raiders, Reggie McKenzie

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  • http://twitter.com/RickyBo60099188 Ricky Bobby

    Raiders did a great job, it’s not over yet, but by the season opener, raiders will field a competitive team.

  • Phil Mokate

    Were fine. Every team has needs RM did a good job!

  • Kip Grosso

    Reggie has done a mighty fine job thus far. Finally, competition at a lot of positions and good that we let go the guys with small IQ’s.

  • Raider Grant

    Would of, should of, could of, but didn’t. No matter how hard I didn’t like this pick or that pick, I still come away with from this years draft excited! Reggie did better then I expected & The Nation should be excited bout the direction The Raiders are heading! 2015 Return to Excellence!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/JimDoggIvy JimDogg Ivy

    Da Silver and Black Attack is back!

  • Tim Martindale

    Who cares about Super Bowl odds they never get it right anyway. They say the Raiders are the worst team in the league said KC is good heard the same thing last year KC won two games The Raiders won 4 beat KC twice

  • Bob Yost

    Reggie has been kickin ass all winter long!! He will restore the Raiders to glory very soon!!