2012 NFL Draft: Grading Reggie McKenzie’s 1st Draft in Oakland

April 29, 2012   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Reggie, Reggie, Reggie—in the immortal words of Joe Lombardi: What the hell's going on out here?
Mark Davis elected you to be the President of the Raider Nation; a fanbase has trusted in you to return the Silver and Black to its rightful glory; we have had faith that you will be committed to excellence and “Just Win, Baby.” And this is how you repay us?
It’s not that I hated new Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie’s draft picks—he made some solid picks in the fourth and fifth rounds—but consider me very, very underwhelmed.
This team entered the offseason with a glaring weakness: defense. Sure, McKenzie signed some players to replace all of the salary cap casualties, but there’s no world beaters there. Shawntae Spencer? Yawn. Philip Wheeler? Yeah, he’s cool, I guess. The Raiders had massive salary cap issues, so there wasn’t any cap room to be spent on big name players. “It’s OK,” we reasone...

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