Reggie McKenzie has more draft picks that he expected.
A pleased McKenzie conducted a conference call with media members on Monday evening. He called his team’s comp-pick cache “better than what was expected.”
McKenzie said he thinks it is possible to get potential future starters through the fifth round and he is focused on making the most of this class even though the Raiders don’t have any premium picks.
Meanwhile, McKenzie said he wished he had more “NFL money, more NFL cap.” But the Raiders are pretty tight against the salary cap. McKenzie said the “bulk” of the team's contract restructuring for the year has been done. He did say he wanted to add more depth throughout the roster. Most of that will likely be done in the draft, college free agency and on the waiver wire once the preseason starts.
Oakland remains interested in Cincinnati Bengals defensive end/linebacker Manny Lawson. However, the Raiders’ financial issues may make it difficult for it to sign Lawson, although they do remain in that hunt. McKenzie said the team still hopes to finalize a deal for Green Bay backup cornerback Pat Lee. He would play on special teams and be a depth player in Oakland.
Outside linebacker is the team’s most glaring need at this point. McKenzie said there are some good outside linebackers available, but it is not a particularly deep draft at the position. Still, he did say he thinks, there are good players who will be available in the middle to late rounds.
That’s why he was so pleased to get the extra draft ammunition Monday.