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

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2016 – Karl Joseph, Jihad Ward, Shilique Calhoun, Connor Cook, DeAndre Washington, Cory James, Vadal Alexander

If 2015 was below average, then 2016 was an all-out dumpster fire. Of the players to come out of this class, only Joseph is worth anything – and he’s only now starting to realize his potential. Now, we all have to hope that Gruden and defensive coordinator Paul Guenther are seeing his value and will keep him around this offseason.

Nobody else in this entire draft class has panned out. Ward never developed the way McKenzie believed he would before making him a second-round pick. He’s doing fairly well in limited time the Indianapolis Colts, but he’s definitely not making a star turn.

Alexander and James are both out of football. Cook is buried on the Cincinnati Bengals’ depth chart – and this is a guy McKenzie traded picks for to move up. Calhoun and Washington both remain on the roster currently, but you can likely count on both of them playing elsewhere in 2019.

With only one player in this class that’s amounted (or is starting to amount) to anything, McKenzie’s 2016 draft class is one gigantic bust.