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McKenzie talks draft

Any pressure general manager Reggie McKenzie may feel to turn the Raiders around in Year 3 will not have any affect on how runs the 2014 NFL draft.

“You draft for the future,’’ McKenzie said Thursday at a press conference with local media. “You don’t draft for right now. That’s not the way you do it. That’s not the way I do it.’’

McKenzie was short on specifics and spoke in mostly general terms rather than make public any relevant information with the draft a week away.

The Raiders at present pick at No. 5 overall and have selections in the first through fourth rounds and have three picks in the seventh round. Their fifth and sixth-round picks were dealt to Seattle and Houston for quarterbacks Matt Flynn and Matt Schaub.

McKenzie is open to trading for additional picks, something he did last season in moving from the No. 3 pick to No. 12 in order to secure a second-round draft pick.

“I’m open to anything. Whether I stay at No. 5 depends on so many things,’’ McKenzie said. “I can not say what I’m going to do without a doubt right now.’’

There has been some contact with general managers, McKenzie said, but “no firm offers.’’

Following an offseason where the Raiders added several veteran free agents, McKenzie expects the Raiders to be much more competitive following back-to-back 4-12 seasons.

“We’re working toward progress, continuous progress,’’ McKenzie said. “This offseason it is starting to come to fruition. We brought in some players to compete, to make us better. When you bring in some good players it fosters competition. Competition makes us better. This year we will be better.’’

– McKenzie confirmed free agent signing Austin Howard, right tackle with the Jets, will get a look at right guard with the club having released Mike Brisiel.

“What coach (Tony) Sparano likes with the offensive line is versatility,’’ McKenzie said. “What else can this guy play. We already know he can play right tackle. We think he can play right guard also so let’s get the best five and see what happens.

x—Although Schaub has arrived to play quarterback, the Raiders will consider taking another quarterback.

“What it does is just give us some stability at that position, and we needed that,’’ McKenzie said. “Because we traded for Schaub does that mean we’re going to bypass a guy that we’ve got graded a certain way? No.’’

– Safety Tyvon Branch has been fully cleared to participate in organized team activities and minicamps after missing last season with a broken ankle.

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  • Dakota

    Lot of wide open WRs…..sideline throws that the WR only got one foot in….lots of dump offs….he is going to have to do better than that in the NFL.

  • Dakota

    There is two sections…I am a keeper of the faith

  • Alex7

    no, he isn’t. WRs tend to be kinda just as good in the NFL as at UCF.

  • the super genius dr robert

    Expect bad breath after 2k years.

  • Dakota

    Yeah, DBs in the NFL just let guys get wide open lol.

  • kuhlest

    M. Sam = 7th rd/UDFA

  • BigBenRexor

    Don’t ever compare Bortles with me again.

    http://i.ytimg.com/vi/daWYdWi1ew0/mqdefault.jpg

  • the super genius dr robert

    Funny. I came here before he broke nationally comparing him to Brady and Ben. I later spotted a flaw and am wary of him. But certain guys make fun of my comparison. Except the pros are saying the same.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Oh put me on the reprobate list unless we are going back in time to 2010.

  • willy91137

    Live chat tomorrow 11 AM

  • marks hair

    KD is so genuine.. you can see why people like him so much more than James or Kobe.

  • Dakota

    I like Bortles….just not at #5…..

  • Alex7

    offense is at an all-time high. Yes, corner play sucks in the NFL. Rules kinda caused it. you must not watch the Lions, Raiders, Cowboys, Broncos, Bears, Packers, Bills, Falcons, Bucs, or Giants play very often

  • Alex7

    either the guy is going to be a legit top-15 QB in the league, or why draft him at all. Liking him in the 2nd round means you expect…Chad Henne.

  • RaidO

    This video should be renamed “UCF Wide receiver highlights”. A lot bad throws with tuff catches..

  • Dakota

    He will be a great Laker. Rondo dishing to KD and Love in two years, with Embiid manning the center position.

  • Alex7

    uncorrectable? I dunno, not many NFL QBs have perfect mechanics.

  • Dakota

    I see a guy who might have potential, but is very unproven….so no, I would not risk the #5 pick on him. Trade down to the mid first round and pick up another couple of draft picks and I could tolerate it. Same with Carr.

  • Return

    I’m first to admit I don’t keep up with college football or all/ any of Clowney’s games. So I was like a lot of people just mesmerized by that helmet popping hit he put on the Michigan back. People kept saying that’s all he’s done and he is all hype and a quitter. Ok. I know how the hype machine can get overheated. Possible Clowney was being oversold.

    Then I actually watched the Michigan game. Holly shitz!!!!! First off he was beating Lewan’s azz like a drum and Lewan is a monster. He put Lewan flat on his azz.

    He got that monster hit while beating Lewan. Then when they saw Lewan couldn’t handle him they started double teaming him and chipping him. Still couldn’t stop him. What they don’t show is he did it again. Got another bone jarring hit. Didn’t pop the guys helmet or cause a fumble but it was every bit as devastating. He was popping rb’s in the backfield like FS popping wr running slants. Then they started triple teaming him with Lewan.
    I have never ever seen a more dominant defensive player in a single game than that. On that one game alone he deserves going #1.

  • the super genius dr robert

    Possibly. A lot to like. I’m just wary.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Man touchy touchy I know you don’t care aBout that just don’t get the Carr love.

  • Dakota

    New Post

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Does he pas the McGloin bar? If not sure do not use a 1st for that.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Really? There is?

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Damn you, Dakota!

  • the super genius dr robert

    Lol. Ok. It’s just my evaluation of him.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    For the rest of you, Dakota sandbagged you and told the truth.

  • kuhlest

    every teams top 3 priorities…
    1- QB/leader, touches ball every play, decisions
    2- OL/protect #1
    3- total defense

  • Alex7

    I remember your early pro-Bortles stance. Who’s your fave QB now?

  • Alex7

    nevermind, Carr flashed in front of me like 100 times right after I posted that =)

  • the super genius dr robert

    Carr
    Manziel
    Garapollo
    Mettenberger
    Fales
    Murray
    Gilbert

  • Zymurge

    Creative number crunching for sure :-)

    First, you are attributing ALL of the team’s production for the teams with the QB picked early to one player. Second, you distribute the credit for all the other teams to every other one of their draft picks.

    If you look at it just with where teams acquired their QB to see how successful (not to be confused with individual player productivity) they are in terms of playoffs, then it’s clear that the winning formula is to not spend high on a QB when there are better options at other positions that make the QB better.

  • RaiderDebo

    JaMarcus agrees.

  • RaiderDebo

    Yeah, we should all be celebrating. I mean, look where this organization is today as a result. Back-to-back 4-12 seasons after he led us to 5-11. Progress! SMH.

  • DKnight007

    LOL

  • DKnight007

    Yup!

  • DKnight007

    Oh yeah….they do that all the F’N time….someone should tweet that ti NFLN or Eisen and see what they say…there should be an over/under on how many times they do it!

  • Que

    Was you part of negotiations or something. Theres alot of speculation as to what went down. But one thing I like about Our GM is he isnt gonna Over pay for a guy he has graded a certain way. Yes he over paid for Flynn but most teams Over pay for gambles on QB’s