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