Schefter: Raiders hire top scout

May, 2, 2012
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Reggie McKenzie didn’t waste time in adding to his scouting department.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports McKenzie has hired longtime Green Bay scout Shaun Herock as the team’s director of college scouting. Herock was with the Packers for 19 years. McKenzie came to Oakland as general manager in January after a long stay in Green Bay.

Herock is the son of former Raiders and Packers personnel executive Ken Herock. Ken was one of the men who advised Oakland owner Mark Davis after Oakland owner Al Davis died last October. Herock also recommended McKenzie to Davis.

The Raiders fired former college scouting director Jon Kingdom after 33 years on Monday. Wholesale changes have been expected since McKenzie took over. Shawn Herock has long been considered as a possibility to join Oakland’s staff. He was the Packers assistant director of college scouting for 11 years. He’s been an NFL scout for 23 years.

Jets college scouting director Joey Clinkscale had been linked to the Oakland job. He went to the University of Tennessee and was childhood friends with McKenzie. During the draft, Clinkscale said he expected to remain in New York.

In other Oakland news:

The Raiders signed guard Ed Wang. He has played in six games with Buffalo. He was a fifth-round pick by the Bills in 2010 out of Virginia Tech. He was the first Chinese-American player drafted into the league.

The Oakland Tribune reports Raleigh McKenzie – the twin brother of Reggie McKenzie – will join the team’s scouting department.

Update: Clinkscale could still emerge as a pro personnel candidate in Oakland if he does leave the Jets.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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