Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie ventured into the media area Thursday night to get a glass of lemonade right about the time the Cincinnati Bengals were on the clock with the No. 17 pick in the first round.
“I just wanted you guys to know we took Carson Palmer,” McKenzie said.
Assuming the Raiders don’t trade into the first round, and it’s extremely unlikely unless a frontline player is being dealt, it’s the second year in a row and eighth time in franchise history Oakland didn’t have a first-round draft pick.
The big difference this year is Oakland won’t pick in the second round either, barring trade. That’s unprecedented. If Oakland stands pat it’s first pick won’t be until No. 95, the very last selection in the third round.
That pick, as well as the two other compensatory picks, cannot be traded. Meaning only picks No. 148 and No. 189 can be used in trade. McKenzie has already said he has no intention of trading future draft picks.
At the pre-draft press conference, McKenzie said he would follow along the first round and determine in his mind who he would have taken at No. 17. McKenzie divulged the name to two of his scouts, but not to the media. It was suggested maybe that pick would fall to No. 95.
A wide smile split McKenzie’s face as he noted the absurdity of the notion.
“That’s be sweet,” he said.