The Raiders enter the draft without their first-round pick (traded to Cincinnati), their second-round pick (traded to New England), their third-round pick (used in the supplemental draft) or their fourth-round pick (traded to Washington). All of those moves were made before the arrival of General Manager Reggie McKenzie, and he says the trading of future picks is coming to an end.
At a press conference today at which he laid out some of his draft philosophies, McKenzie said Raiders fans shouldn’t expect the team to trade away any of next year’s picks to move higher up in this year’s draft order.
“I do not want to trade future picks — especially high ones,” McKenzie said, via the San Jose Mercury-News.
So the Raiders’ first two picks will be their compensatory selections at the end of the third and fourth rounds, and the first of their regular picks will be in the fifth round. That means McKenzie won’t make a big splash this year, but he said he’s happy to ease his way into running the Raiders’ draft, a job that had previously been the domain of Al Davis.
“Coach Davis, this has been his deal since the Raiders were the Raiders,” McKenzie said. “I am the new guy. This is my first time drafting after a legend has been drafting for the Raiders for so long. So it’s huge. But I’m excited about it and looking forward to it.”