By Steve Corkran
Tuesday, May 8th, 2012 at 11:49 pm in Oakland Raiders.
On the same day the Raiders announced the departure of four long-time employees in the player-personnel department, ESPN reported that Joey Clinkscales is leaving the New York Jets for a front-office position with the Raiders.
Clinkscales was the Jets’ vice president of college scouting. He coordinated their draft efforts since 2008. He is expected to work under first-year Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie in a prominent position.
Clinkscales and McKenzie and long-time friends. He is the latest in a series of moves by McKenzie designed to overhaul the Raiders player-personnel department.
Shaun Herock came over from the Green Bay Packers. Raleigh McKenzie, Reggie’s twin brother, also was brought aboard.
Interestingly, Clinkscales said late last month that he had no intention of joining the Raiders.
“I expect to be here,” Clinkscales said in response to an ESPN.com report. “My job is a talent evaluator. I understand where the connection comes in, to be honest with you. Reggie and I have played high school and college ball together. We were in each other’s weddings. I’ve known Reggie forever. But this is where I started and this is where I plan on being.”
Clinkscales was reponsible for such draft picks as quarterback Mark Sanchez and Vernon Gholston. Last month, the Jets used a first-round pick on defensive end Quinton Coples and a second-rounder on wide receiver Stephen Hill.
The Raiders have not confirmed Clinkscales’ hire.