- Bill Williamson, ESPN Staff Writer
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The Oakland Raiders appear to be poised to add an experienced draft evaluator as they continue to rebuild their franchise after Al Davis.
ESPN New York reports the New York Jets and Joey Clinkscales, their top college talent evaluator, will likely part ways after the draft. The report cites that the Raiders are interested in Clinkscales.
This makes sense because since the Raiders are planning to make major changes in scouting after the draft. New Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie and Clinkscales were college teammates at Tennessee and remain friends.
His move to Oakland would be a lateral move. Clinkscales has been in his current role since 2008 and the Jets have had mixed drafting success since then.
In Clinkscales’ first year in his current role, the Jets selected Vernon Gholston with the No. 6 pick and he is considered one of the great all-time draft busts. He made $20 million without registering a sack for the Jets in three seasons. Still, Clinkscales is considered a solid football man, who has twice interviewed for general manager jobs.
Davis, who died last October at the age of 82, made essentially every personnel move for Oakland for nearly 50 years. This potential hiring is another example that Oakland is moving toward a more traditional organizational structure.
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