Oakland Raiders: Revisiting Reggie McKenzie’s laughable NFL Draft history

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2013 – D.J. Hayden, Menelik Watson, Sio Moore, Tyler Wilson, Nick Kasa, Latavius Murray, Mychal Rivera, Stacy McGee, Brice Butler, David Bass

Opinions and effectiveness vary for each of these players, but the one thing that’s remarkably clear is that, given his first crack at running the show and making all the picks, McKenzie whiffed in a big way.

Hayden, who’s tenure in Oakland was marked by injury, ineffectiveness, and penalties out the wazoo, was nowhere near worth the first-round selection McKenzie used to take him. And given Hayden’s injury history coming into the draft, McKenzie never should have used a first-round pick on him to begin with.

Stacy McGee is a solid rotational piece – for the Washington Redskins – but he’s far from star quality. He’s nothing more than depth. The best player in the draft class was arguably Murray, who shined when he got the chance to be Oakland’s lead back, breaking 1,000 yards in his only opportunity to be the every-game starter. Although, despite that performance, he could never quite shake his detractors.

Watson never developed, Moore had his issues, Wilson – yeah, moving on – Butler was never more than a depth piece, and Rivera could have potentially been better had he been used more effectively. Either way, there were no stars or foundational pieces to come out of this class.

All in all, 2013 was a bust year for McKenzie the GM.