The Oakland Raiders’ draft philosophy was clear. Draft the best player available, regardless of position. They did that and they were able to find some players that filled some areas of need.
McKenzie did a great deal of work in free agency. Adding veteran players that are capable of producing immediately was a point if emphasis. He was able to add players that have consistently produced at a very high and in some cases, a pro bowl level.
Mckenzie stayed away from the overpaying and committing long term that Raiders fans are accustomed to under the late, great Al Davis. This team is ready to compete right now. Here’s a post-draft state of the roster.
1- Matt Schaub
2- Matt McGloin
3- Derek Carr
Matt Schaub was a great acquisition by the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders believe that 2013 was a bad year for Schaub and he’ll bounce back this year. They could find themselves competing for a playoff spot this year if Schaub plays at the high level he is used to playing at.
Matt McGloin started six games for the Raiders last season. The Raiders offense was a lot more explosive with him under center than they were with recently traded athlete Terrelle Pryor.
The Raiders felt Derek Carr was the best quarterback in the draft and he very well may be. He’s good enough to start immediately for the Raiders But that’s not the team’s plans for him. The coaching staff wants to sit Carr for a year or two before putting him on the field. Similar to how Aaron Rodgers sat behind Brett Favre.
Other Quarterbacksp: Trent Edwards
1- Darren McFadden
2- Maurice Jones-Drew
3- Latavious Murray
4- Marcel Reece
Darren McFadden has had his share of injuries but he is still a big and fast running back that has the ability to hit a home run anytime he touches the ball. Staying healthy is key for him.
Maurice Jones-Drew will be a great complement to Darren McFadden’s running style. Jones-Drew’s best game is running inside the tackles. If he is coming into this season healthy, then the Oakland Raiders could have the best running back tandem in the NFL, especially behind their new and improved offensive line.
Latavius Murray was a sixth-round pick for the Oakland Raiders last year. There have been rave reviews about him from the moment he touched down in Alameda. At 6’3″ and 230 pounds and 4.38 speed you can see why. He missed all of last season due to an injury.
Marcel Reece is a Pro Bowl fullback. He’s Raiders’ most consistent offensive weapon. Reece is widely considered the most versatile fullback in the NFL. The Raiders need to figure out how to get Reece the ball more often.
Other Running backs: Jamize Olawale(FB), Kory Sheets, George Atkinson III, Karl Williams(FB), Jeremy Stewart