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McKenzie sums up Raiders draft performance

By Steve Corkran
Saturday, April 27th, 2013 at 7:49 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie and his coaches and scouts spent most of the first two days of the 2012 NFL draft waiting to make their first pick. This time around, they were active from the beginning and never slowed down until the three-day, seven-round process wrapped up Saturday.
That included almost two hours scouring the landscape for a slew of undrafted free agents once the draft ended about 4:30 p.m. PDT. Eventually, McKenzie emerged from the Raiders draft room and spent 17 minutes or so talking about his thoughts on how the Raiders fared in a draft that yielded 10 players, six on offense and four on defense.
Here is the entire transcript of what McKenzie had to say at Raiders headquarters in Alamdea:

Intro: Good evening, guys, how are we doing? Well, we’re excited that we added 10 new players. We feel like we got 10 young guys that will help this ballclub and I want to congratulate and say thanks to all the personnel staff and the coaching staff and everyone involved in this whole process. It was a, ended up being a good day. Ended up well, and we’re excited for the future of the Raiders.

Q: Seemed to lean offense today, feel like you made offense more explosive today?
A: I would like to say so. The past three days, the one thing we did is we stayed true to the board, and the board kind of dictated a lot of what we did, picking certain players, certain positions, whether it was moving back. We tried to assess the value of where we are and let the board help dictate what we do.

Q: What do you like about Tyler Wilson and do you have to basically erase last year with the team-wide turmoil at Arkansas?
A: Yeah, with that being said, I totally understand the coaching change, the offense, all that. But you can still watch his style of play, the way he plays the game. And we like a lot of things about him. We like the way he can move around in the pocket, we like his toughness to hang in there and see the field, we think he has a lot of qualities that goes into being a good solid quarterback in the NFL.

Q: You targeting either him or Barkley there?
A: Well, what we did is we made sure we looked at the board and how it falls, that’s how we went. Now, who was where? I don’t want to get into that because I’d be telling you my board. I don’t want to do that.

Q: Not even now? It’s all over.
A: It is over. But I don’t want to let the other teams know where I had guys.

Q: Raiders came in with seven picks, wound up with 10, was your plan to add picks?
McKenzie: No, it developed that way. I mean, going into this today and the whole draft week I wanted to make sure we added seven good players. If we it happened to turn into five or 12, there was no way to determine that, especially going in to it. I didn’t want to go into it making trades, but I did want to stay true to the board and if it tells me, hey, you should move down because of the value of it, then I’m going to look into it, I’ll take the calls.

Q: As draft went on and you said you’d pick the best player available, how do you address need as well?
McKenzie: From that standpoint, you just hope that it falls right. If you get one need, one thing about it, we felt like we had a few needs, so I didn’t think it was that hard to address certain areas, because we had needs at a lot of spots. We need to upgrade depth in a lot of stops. We knew if we stayed true to the board we would get good players, and that was the whole factor. Make sure we got good players with each pick.

Q: Hard to stay true to the board as it went on?
McKenzie: As it went on, later on, it’s always, even in the beginning, you’re like, somebody’s on the board that you didn’t expect and you would like to fill a need real quick but you can’t do that, you hurt your team that way.

Q: Based on your characteristics, McGee sticks out as a departure in terms of what you’re looking for. The issues he’s had, what sold you on making him a Raider?
McKenzie: The research, and talking to , not only doing the research with the people down there and all of that, but the research with him and his group, the people that surround him, his support group, and talking to him, himself. Just came away with, I wanted to see what this guy has and give him the chance. He knows it. But I have no problems bringing him into that locker room. He’s a solid guy that made some mistakes in college. That happens sometimes. But after the thorough research that we had, we felt good about him.

Q: So guys like him and Murray, guys who were off the radar, they were still on your board, the next guy available?
McKenzie: yes, yes.

Your rankings not affected by other teams?
“Absolutely. You can drive yourself crazy if you try to set your board that way. If you try to figure out where the other teams put their players, you can’t do that. You gotta believe the reports and the recommendations of your scouts and everybody who saw that player and when we get together and put it on the board, as here it is, here’s where we’re going to put him and it becomes this way. We’ll pick ‘em compared to where we have everybody else. We stay true to the board by how we evaluate the guys not by how we think he’s going to come off the board.”

Tyler Wilson has a three-quarters delivery, are you fine with his mechanics?
“Coach is going to have to work with mechanics. That’s how it is with a lot of these players. These guys coming in as rookies, they’ve been taught a certain way, they’ve been throwing all kinds of ways… regardless of quarterback position or any one of the positions, they’re gonna have to get coached up and he’s no exception.”

How different was this draft for you?
“It was different. Number one, you just came in and watched day one and pretty much days two until the last pick day two so… but today, last year, a lot of energy. Now, as far as going into the draft preparation and the cohesiveness and the overall feel for me, it was much better this year because I’ve experienced it once. So, I’m going into my second draft so it was, the flow was much better for me. I’m probably more comfortable with the scouts. I got a chance to work with Zack (Crockett), Calvin (Branch) and David McCloughan, and the rest of those guys, Mickey Marvin. I’ve been through it with those guys last year so I knew those guys so this year, getting some of the other guys in place and kind of doing it the way I was accustomed to, it was much more comfortable for me so I felt a whole lot better going into it.”

How do you assess the QB situation, will you look to add a veteran?
“I would like to bring four guys into the off-season and whether bring them into training camp or not, I’m used to bringing in about four quarterbacks and let the guys compete and try to work through camp. It’s very hard to have just two or three quarterbacks because if one takes the day off, whether he’s hurt, sick, the arm is sore, whatever, you gotta rely on just a couple of guys doing all the work.”

Do you think Tyler Wilson can compete right away for job?
“Well, you know, he’s a rookie. I want him to learn the playbook first. Get out here and make sure he gets behind the center and not behind the guard. You know, you want these guys to come in and just show the coaches and their teammates, No. 1, that they belong. Then all the other stuff will come.”

You say you don’t worry about other teams’ boards, but how does that work when you’re trading down? Not worried you’ll get jumped?
“Well, it comes into play when it’s not just… you’re assuming I’m just looking at the quarterback position. If I have more players around that area, I feel comfortable moving down. So that’s the way I try to set the board. If it’s enough players in that general area, then I’ll move down. Not just that one position. I try not to target just one position unless I’m going up, to go get that one position guy. That’s when I’m targeting one position guy. And if I have enough ammunition, I’ll try to do that.”

You took one giant tight end, one smaller tight end. They a nice complement?
“It was definitely the board, because those two guys, they were right together. And yes, Kasa is more the in-line guy – you know, he can catch the ball, but he hasn’t had a whole lot of experience playing the position. But he showed that he can play the position. And Rivera’s more the receiving tight end. He’s played in-line also, but what he excels at is more the receiving-type tight end.”

And you had to get somebody from Tennessee?
“Absolutely. That helps.”

Q: How did you address your pass-rush need the past couple days?
A: “Well, we felt like we got a couple of guys that can rush the passer. We think the third-round pick, Sio, can come off the edge a bit. We think David Bass can come off the edge some. We like some of the things that Stacy can do in the middle. So, sometimes you look into the certain draft classes and you try to identify a gamut of pass-rushers or whatever needs you may have, whether it’s quarterback, running back, it doesn’t matter. If it’s not there, we’re not going to make up guys. We’re not going to push guys up the board because we think we need a defensive lineman, a defensive end. We’re not going to do that. If it’s nto there, we’ll find it in another way.”

Q: Is Bass a guy that you hoped would be available later on?
A: “Yeah, we didn’t think he was … where we picked him is kind of where we had him.”

Q: How much did Bass’ East-West Shrine Game performance help in the evaluation process?
A: “Well, it helps when you go against certain competition. When you’re used to going against certain players, now he’s going against bigger and better football players, you can try to see if you can see the same things you saw on tape. Yeah, that helps.”

Q: Did you not have enough guys who loved football last year?
A: It has more to do with the philosophy with what we’re trying to implement into this team and the message that we’re sending to the current team last year when we got here. It was more ‘This is what we’re all about. These are the kind of players we want. If you want to join ship let’s get on board. This is what you’re going to have to do. You’re going to have to work.’ It’s just sending the message and this is kind of who we are as players and as a team. We’re going to come here and go to work and try to get it done.

Q: Did guys last year not join the ship?
A: I’ll tell you this it was you had some guys that had to learn how to do it the right way and I thought this staff did a good job of getting guys to do that. Make no bones about it guys. We won’t be the only team that brings guys in and ships guys out. That’s going to always be the case. We’ll have some of these guys here currently who probably can’t cut it. The goal is to get guys in that locker room that are all working for a common goal and are on the same page. That’s the only way you’re going to develop chemistry. Those guys have to come together. Once coaches send the right message and players try to implement it you have a chance. All right. Thanks guys.

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  • dr_robert

    Rock star– lol. Ur on of THOSE Christians. Deciding for others that they have to fit ur idea of what a Christian is. No thanks. I love God and Jesus. Jesus would never hate a gay person. I wish the pain of hiding ur true self on no one. I know gay people. Have some cousins who are gay. Siblings of friends. Former schoolmates. I’m not hating them cuz u think being a Christian means ur way only.

    Love thy neighbor. Says it all.

    Gay people are God’s children. Same as me and u. He loves them the same as me and u.

  • RaiderRockstar

    If i’m an undrafted player, i’m choosing OAKLAND as my first choice to go play.

    no scholarships. open competition at every spot.

    perfect place for a youngster to go prove himself and earn a starting job – make it a career.

    this isn’t like a player who has been in the league 10-15 years and just wants to play for a winner.

    these young kids if signed by a team like San Fran or Baltimore would be lucky to crack the practice squad.

  • RaiderRockstar

    @Dr Bob

    we call it “love the sinner, hate the sin”

  • http://goducks.com Sir RaiderDuck, OMS

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    April 29th, 2013 at 12:45 pm
    @Dr Bob

    we call it “love the sinner, hate the sin”

    ====================================

    How can two people loving each other EVER be a “sin?”

  • dr_robert

    Reasons I’m supposedly MR:

    On here a lot at various times of the year.
    On here past midnight.
    These are mainly b@uce’s reasonings (so think “stupid”)

    Reasons I’m not MR:

    I’m not MR.
    I love the raiders.
    I love al davis.
    I’m a Christian.
    I’m not a liberal
    I hate politics and never desire to talk of them I have an opinion and am well informed but I find the subject exceedingly boring, as it never changes.
    I’m from Indiana.
    I live in Sunnyvale.
    I’m not a schizophrenic paranoid delusional freak.

    But whatevs.

  • guest123

    If i’m an undrafted player, i’m choosing OAKLAND as my first choice to go play.

    no scholarships. open competition at every spot.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^

    Only if I am dead set sure I have all the coaching I will ever need. Because going there, and expecting the coaching to do you any favors would be a mistake compared to landing on other NFL teams.

  • RaiderRockstar
  • J-Raider

    dr_robert Says:
    April 29th, 2013 at 12:43 pm
    Rock star– lol. Ur on of THOSE Christians. Deciding for others that they have to fit ur idea of what a Christian is. No thanks. I love God and Jesus. Jesus would never hate a gay person. I wish the pain of hiding ur true self on no one. I know gay people. Have some cousins who are gay. Siblings of friends. Former schoolmates. I’m not hating them cuz u think being a Christian means ur way only.

    Love thy neighbor. Says it all.

    Gay people are God’s children. Same as me and u. He loves them the same as me and u.
    ———————————-
    Ever heard of Sodom and Gomorrah?? Genesis 19.. Read it.. GOD hates gay people.

  • guest123

    RB L. Murray will be the steal of this draft in a few years.. Imagine McFadden without all the injuries, that’s what you’re getting in Murray.

    ^^^^^^^^

    I hope so. We know he’ll get his shot sooner than later with McFadden’s injury history.

  • aig-raiders

    if you havent seen this Deonte Williams local kid, you owe it to yourself. I know it’s Cal Poly but he’s filthy. For a small dude, he aint afraid to lower to the boom or hurdle you. I hope he makes the team.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Gc8K-4QQzM

  • http://goducks.com Sir RaiderDuck, OMS

    J-Raider Says:
    April 29th, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Ever heard of Sodom and Gomorrah?? Genesis 19.. Read it.. GOD hates gay people.

    =========================================

    Genesis 19 is a fable based on the opinions of a bunch of Bronze Age tribesmen who died thousands of years ago.

    Their uninformed opinions should as much relevance to an intelligent adult in the 21st Century as the opinions of ancient Egyptians who thought your spirit needed food and water to survive.

  • RaiderRockstar

    @G123

    and we go back to the coaching staff.. I can’t deny what you’ve just posted #2056

    perhaps a young player can overcome the hurdles of less than stellar coaches?

    Chuck Bresnahan made Tyvon Branch. TB33 sucked before him & after him. At least under the Chuckster he played average and got rewarded with a HUGE contract

  • rediaR

    I never got the appeal of Harry Potter.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Genesis 19 is a fable

    ***

    @Duck

    2 Timothy 3:16-17

    All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

  • RaiderRockstar

    I never got the appeal of Harry Potter.

    ***

    @Redia

    is that the guy we drafted in Round 7 ?

  • http://goducks.com Sir RaiderDuck, OMS

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    April 29th, 2013 at 12:56 pm
    Genesis 19 is a fable

    ***

    @Duck

    2 Timothy 3:16-17

    All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

    =========================================

    And Timothy was written by another religious zealot.

    The entire bible is a bunch of fables and heavily embellished accounts. In no way should it be used to condemn anyone in today’s world.

  • guest123

    You know…I would sign off on the whole ‘=’ movement if…IFF…if and only if,

    The movement would stand down in their blitz of American media and trying to politicize and overtly throw their agenda down our throat. Go about your business as long as you don’t feel the need to force it on my kids education. Society and Natural Selection has them pegged as freaks of nature that are weeds to the lush green landscape that is traditional family values. They are anomolies and as long as they live within the limited boundaries of their choice, go ahead and do what they do. Just don’t wave it in my face or my kids faces. But that’s what the ‘=’ movement does. Don’t respect my rights to ignore your message and I’ll not respect your rights to scream at me.

  • rediaR

    Timothy 3:16-17 is the bablings of a bunch of Bronze Age tribesmen who died thousands of years ago.

    Their uninformed opinions should as much relevance to an intelligent adult in the 21st Century as the opinions of ancient Egyptians who thought your spirit needed food and water to survive.

  • rediaR

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    April 29th, 2013 at 12:57 pm
    I never got the appeal of Harry Potter.

    ***

    @Redia

    is that the guy we drafted in Round 7
    ———————–
    Yeah, he’s a pass rusher.

  • J-Raider

    Sir RaiderDuck, OMS Says:
    April 29th, 2013 at 12:54 pm
    J-Raider Says:
    April 29th, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Ever heard of Sodom and Gomorrah?? Genesis 19.. Read it.. GOD hates gay people.

    =========================================

    Genesis 19 is a fable based on the opinions of a bunch of Bronze Age tribesmen who died thousands of years ago.

    Their uninformed opinions should as much relevance to an intelligent adult in the 21st Century as the opinions of ancient Egyptians who thought your spirit needed food and water to survive.
    ————————-
    So you don’t believe that Abraham was real? You do realize historians have proved his existence through texts other than the bible right?

    A Fable? No sir, not at all.. Abraham witnessed the burning ash and smoke from Sodom and Gomorrah himself.

  • dr_robert

    I don’t think being gay is the biggest thing to talk about in the world. A lot of super conservative Christian churches talk incessantly about it. If course, the preacher is usually a self loathing homo.

    My best friends give year old boy may be gay. He seems like it anyway. He’s five. He is what he is. My friend is not gonna hate his kid cuz of it or tell his kid he has to be miserable his entire life.

    Consensual sex between two people really is between them and God.

    Hate the sin? I don’t spend my time hating. I spend it loving. That keeps me on the right path.

    Thump the Bible? Jesus didn’t do that. He was calm and loving. Inclusive. Not exclusionary.

  • rediaR

    You can’t fight for equality without politicizing and forcing things down people’s throats (puns not intended but recognized).

  • RaiderRockstar

    @Duck

    don’t ask questions if you don’t want answers and your mind is already made up… wastes my time and yours

    thanks buddy.

    So what about this Potter kid Redia was talking about? can he play safety?

  • DennisAllensVisorHOF

    “They will become lovers of self..”

  • rediaR

    DennisAllensVisorHOF Says:
    April 29th, 2013 at 1:04 pm
    “They will become lovers of self..”
    ———————
    I love me some me

  • RaiderFanLost inOz

    Most of the people that created the modern world were christian. You insult most of your family and friends…Bet not one of you morons put your money where you mouth is. If you feel so strongly that you are being wronged, how about refusing paid time off for Christmas or a bonus that many get.Ahh liberals the most smug intolerant people on the planet.

  • guest123

    LMAO @ anyone who thinks a 5 yo boy ‘may be gay’. Really? It’s not until puberty that any feelings of sexuality start to become prevalent.

    Just because a boy likes to play with dolls doesn’t make him gay. OMG, the lengths people go to defend the homo culture!

  • J-Raider

    @ Duck,

    So I guess you don’t believe in the Egyptians either? their rise in power happened during the time of Joseph in the bible, which co-incides with ALL other texts of that time..

    You can deny the truth for only so long, but it will eventually catch up with you.. for your sake, you better hope its before you die..

  • http://www.raiders.com Silverandblack666

    “The entire bible is a bunch of fables and heavily embellished accounts. In no way should it be used to condemn anyone in today’s world.”

    This is so true. If I were to read 10 religious books that is not the one I would cling to in the end.

  • DennisAllensVisorHOF

    guest123 Says:
    April 29th, 2013 at 1:06 pm
    LMAO @ anyone who thinks a 5 yo boy ‘may be gay’. Really? It’s not until puberty that any feelings of sexuality start to become prevalent.

    Just because a boy likes to play with dolls doesn’t make him gay. OMG, the lengths people go to defend the homo culture!

    —-

    Yea, I was just gonna leave that one alone..

    But..you hit a homer on that one.

  • dr_robert

    God hates gay people? I think He would not like u saying that.

    God loves all of His children.

    Christians who hate and spout off REAL LOUD about sinners are usually the sinners.

    When u meet God, ur gonna have to explain why u spent time hating His children, ur brothers and sisters. I think He will look down on that a lot more than someone who loved another person if the same sex.

    Sodom and Gomorrah wasn’t about gay people loving each other.

    It was about wicked non-loving, depraved hate-sex.

  • http://goducks.com Sir RaiderDuck, OMS

    J-Raider Says:
    April 29th, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    A Fable? No sir, not at all.. Abraham witnessed the burning ash and smoke from Sodom and Gomorrah himself.

    ======================================

    And the independent accounts of this destruction?

  • http://www.raiders.com Silverandblack666

    “You can deny the truth”

    Just because some one wrote something down in a book thousands f years ago does mean it has credence today unless you give it credence.

    There is not much truth in the Bible its mostly fables,if you want a book full of truth you might want to get another one.

  • DennisAllensVisorHOF

    Silverandblack666 Says:
    April 29th, 2013 at 1:07 pm
    “The entire bible is a bunch of fables and heavily embellished accounts. In no way should it be used to condemn anyone in today’s world.”

    This is so true. If I were to read 10 religious books that is not the one I would cling to in the end.

    —-

    Well of course, this culture wants the path of least resistance.

  • guest123

    You can’t fight for equality without politicizing and forcing things down people’s throats…

    ^^^^^^

    I don’t wanna hear it, I don’t wanna see it. I don’t give a !@#k. I don’t even care about equality, because you know what? Life ain’t fair and life don’t care!

    boo hoo, I’ve had my rights trampled. Someone get me a tissue! oh dear me! the horror!

  • http://goducks.com Sir RaiderDuck, OMS

    DennisAllensVisorHOF Says:
    April 29th, 2013 at 1:04 pm
    “They will become lovers of self..”

    ================================

    A lot better than “loving” the disgusting creature called Biblegod.

  • J-Raider

    Cant wait to see what streater will look like this pre-season!!!

  • http://www.raiders.com Silverandblack666

    “God loves all of His children.”

    Which is why he murders millions of them, then sends them to a burning pit of fire.

  • DennisAllensVisorHOF

    Sir RaiderDuck, OMS Says:
    April 29th, 2013 at 1:10 pm
    DennisAllensVisorHOF Says:
    April 29th, 2013 at 1:04 pm
    “They will become lovers of self..”

    ================================

    A lot better than “loving” the disgusting creature called Biblegod.

    —-

    Dont know who that is.

    But your’e entitled to an opinion.

  • raideralex99

    Have the Raiders signed any underrated players?

  • The_Judge37

    Things i don’t like about this draft are only getting one xtra pick for dropping out of top 10, drafting two big question marks in the 1st two picks, drafting same TE’s we already have, the QB pick and not addressing the D-line until last two rounds.

    What i do like is Moore in the 3rd and finally addressing RT. Also like Murray, he looks really fast and pretty strong.

  • guest123

    A lot better than “loving” the disgusting creature called Biblegod.

    ^^^^^^^^^^

    what creature is that from? some Harry Potter movie?

  • J-Raider

    Do you know why SODOMY is called SODOMY????

    Get real people.. you guys can love sh!t stuffers all you want.. But GOD decided to burn down an entire kingdom and everyone it because of the nasty dong suckers..

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    Al Davis is God.

  • J-Raider

    Silverandblack666 Says:
    April 29th, 2013 at 1:10 pm
    “God loves all of His children.”

    Which is why he murders millions of them, then sends them to a burning pit of fire.
    —————————
    Are you saying you don’t have free will???

    Your out-landish opinions suggest otherwise..

  • http://www.raiders.com Silverandblack666

    “Have the Raiders signed any underrated players”

    LOL yes almost every player on this team.

  • rediaR

    J-Raider Says:
    April 29th, 2013 at 1:14 pm
    Do you know why SODOMY is called SODOMY????

    Get real people.. you guys can love sh!t stuffers all you want.. But GOD decided to burn down an entire kingdom and everyone it because of the nasty dong suckers..
    ———————-
    Your god sounds like an a$$hole.

  • guest123

    God loves all of His children.”

    Which is why he murders millions of them, then sends them to a burning pit of fire.

    ^^^^^^^

    you got your facts twisted. He breathe life into them. He gives them “free will”. Can you dig it bro, “free will” is a big deal. He gave you the right to deny him, hate him, ignore him or accept him.

    Once you decide to trust in something bigger than yourself, allow God’s love to touch your soul, you realize how hopeless life is without Him. But without Him you see yourself as somehow more intelligent, wiser, more informed. But you missed the forest for the trees looking for wisdom.

  • Twocents

    I think it’s government that murders millions.

  • J-Raider

    rediaR Says:
    April 29th, 2013 at 1:17 pm
    J-Raider Says:
    April 29th, 2013 at 1:14 pm
    Do you know why SODOMY is called SODOMY????

    Get real people.. you guys can love sh!t stuffers all you want.. But GOD decided to burn down an entire kingdom and everyone it because of the nasty dong suckers..
    ———————-
    Your god sounds like an a$$hole.
    ——————————-
    And I bet you will tell HIM that after you die huh?? Hey, we got a tuff guy over here!!!!