Raiders’ fourth-round pick Connor Cook demonstrates McKenzie’s commitment to future over present

The Raiders (Matthew Mitchell/MSU Athletic Communications)

The Raiders took a look at building for the future by drafting quarterback Connor Cook. (Matthew Mitchell/MSU Athletic Communications)

ALAMEDA — ¬†Were the Raiders’ first draft pick on Day 3 to ever step on the field this season, it would signify the end of their playoff hopes and aspirations.

If more evidence was needed to show that general manager Reggie McKenzie views the draft as a mechanism for building toward the future as much as fortifying the present, it arrived quickly Saturday with the selection of Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook.

In fact, McKenzie did something he has never done in his previous four drafts _ he traded up and lost a draft pick to get someone. In exchange for going up to No. 100 to select a player who will probably be the third quarterback.

To get Cook, the Raiders gave up the No. 114 pick in the fourth round and one of their two fifth-round picks (No. 154).

They also bypassed available running backs, a position of need, with franchise quarterback Derek Carr on the roster along with backup Matt McGloin, a restricted free agent who was paid a second-round tender of $2.53 million. McGloin is eligible for unrestricted free agency next year.

“I was pretty surprised,” Cook told reporters by conference call. “I think Dallas was interested and they were trying to trade up. Derek Carr’s obviously a great quarterback. I’m going to learn from him and attempt to compete. I’m glad I found a home.”

Cook (6-foot-4, 220 pounds) was 34 games as starter, seven more than current Washington starter Kirk Cousins for the Michigan State record and fourth in Big Ten history. His 71 touchdown passes are the most in school history as are his 9,194 career passing yards.

Yet seven quarterbacks went before the Raiders made a move.

“I think I’m one of the best quarterbacks in this draft class, but nothing’s ever easy and nothing’s ever perfect,” Cook said. “Seeing all the other quarterbacks go hurt, but I’m ready to be a Raider.”

Pre-draft criticisms of Cook included a completion percentage of under 60 percent (57.5) and whispers that he wasn’t overly popular teammates and not a strong leader.

“I don’t think you can win that many games without being a leader,” Cook said. “I think all that stuff was so far from the truth and everything will work itself out. People will say stuff and have never sat down and talked to me. People are successful for a reason and that’s all I have to say.”


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer


    Kind of loses track of where he’s supposed to be, straight ahead guy.
    He’s been reasonably productive.

  • R8der4evr


  • Mr Football

    The team definately has shown today they are working off of a plan. Definately
    Looks like the scout depart fornthe last few years moved from clip boards to technology. Picks this year are good for the team

  • willy91137

    YES he can

  • inonewordraider

    Fast 5’8 rb behind our massive ol=homeruns

  • TrojansAndRaiders

    I love the pick. He actually really reminds me of Devonta Freeman from the Falcons, but a bit tougher. Will keep running forward. This is a great combo with Murray. He can also catch out of the backfield. This guy is gonna be a good RAIDER.

  • Teabag McKenz

    Even picks have been major reaches

    Translation: Picks I don’t agree with are reaches yet guys I had going much higher who fell are the result of GM’s out of their league in their positions who don’t know what they are doing.

    Funny how that works.

  • RaidingTexas

    Very good pick, although I am obviously biased.

  • Oak R8rs33.01

    Reggie Draft Roulette!

  • Orthodoxdj

    I’m done with the Ricky Gervais commercials.

  • Dave

    for sure you are fake dakato

  • soulsearcher1022

    I say we draft QB again to stash some more trade bait

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    I hope.
    Never thought that boy would last, but he’s a baller.

  • Raiders selected Texas Tech RB DeAndre Washington with the No. 143 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

    Washington (5’8/204) was a two-year starter in the Red
    Raiders’ backfield, compiling a career rushing line of 605-3,411-23 (5.6
    YPC) with 124 receptions. He showed his long speed at the Combine,
    blazing 4.49 with passable marks in the vertical (34 1/2″) and broad
    (9’10”) jumps. Despite lofty college production, Washington struggles
    with drops, pass protection, and fumbles and is undersized by NFL
    feature back standards. He may have to show special teams value to hang

  • Raiderkoolaid

    No, but he will be gone as a FA after the season is over.

  • Move anyway….dad did and won in court.

  • the showman dr robert

    I mean….I like the players he’s getting.

    I just…..I dunno. It’s not what I anticipated.

    Washington can play though.

  • R8der4evr

    You know I understand that

  • Teabag McKenz

    I’d put my money on Cook taking you in a fight.

  • the showman dr robert

    U can say gay. It’s ok.

  • He lasted because denver won the SB. offense sucks. defense all day everyday…

    good for us!

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    shut up.
    You sound like a motorboat.

  • Mr Football

    King gone. Not

  • the showman dr robert


  • this kid can play now…zero depth

  • inonewordraider


  • Teabag McKenz

    It’s not what I anticipated.

    Many feel that way when watching their first NFL draft.

  • LondonAl

    I wish he stays with you in the USA.

  • shouldve taken perkins?

  • 0tt0

    review says he cant catch

  • Raiderkoolaid

    Someone else posted he didn’t fumble at all last season.

  • inonewordraider

    the other guy in the pic?

  • Raider O

    No. Rude, right?

  • R8der4evr

    For a guy that gets offended by my Christian takes that was unnecessary

  • giants kicking azz…apple, shepard, goodson, perkins

  • 303Raider

    Karl Joseph and Washington will make an impact next year.

    We upgraded our D line and added a potential trade or backup QB.

    We won’t know how good this draft is until next year.

    So far so good.

  • inonewordraider

    Yea no ish

  • MK1

    Should’ve taken Tecmo Bo! Once he runs sideline to sideline a couple of times easy TD.

  • 0tt0

    jerruh will vote for vegas so san antonio is out of the pic

  • TrevJo

    23. Many of the top RB projects are 20 when drafted. (Elliot, Gurley)

  • inonewordraider

    Calhouns in the rotation, jihad might have to play alot if marios out

  • willy91137

    We have great coaches in Oakland now this time next year he will be a different player

  • Pass the Kool-Aid, Bro

    Here comes the wishbone punt formation!!!!

  • Dave

    deante looks like the anti mcfalldown

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Can we do that without MJD?

  • Gdog

    Will this dude be the shortest guy in the NFL?

  • inonewordraider

    Nice jukes not elite speed for a guy only 5’8

  • Giants selected UCLA RB Paul Perkins with the No. 149 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

    Perkins (5’10/208) spent two years as the Bruins’ feature
    back before turning pro, parlaying 622 carries into 3,491 yards (5.61
    YPC) and 29 touchdowns, adding 80 receptions. His Combine metrics were
    solid-if-unspectacular, running 4.54 with a 32-inch vertical and
    10-foot-4 broad jump. A fundamentally-sound three-down back, Perkins
    combines darting quickness with exciting lateral moves and is an
    ultra-competitive, tough inside runner. A Devonta Freeman clone, Perkins
    is good enough to capitalize if given an extended NFL opportunity. New
    York is an excellent landing spot for Perkins to earn early-career
    chances in one of the league’s most underwhelming running back corps.

  • Dave

    seems to shake tackles well

  • Gdog

    Or pick up a blitz. I don’t see him doing much at all. 30 snaps?