McKenzie to talk Raiders draft strategy?


With one week to go until the first round of the 2014 NFL draft, Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie will meet with the media at team headquarters today at 3:30 p.m. ET (12:30 p.m. PT).

No, McKenzie will not announce his draft plans, per se, but he will no doubt be asked his draft philosophy with the Raiders holding the No. 5 overall pick, as well as selections in the second (No. 36 overall), third (67), fourth (107) and seventh rounds (219, 235 and 247).

McKenzie has said the Raiders, as they begin Year 1 of the team's "reconstruction" and also face the toughest strength of schedule in the NFL, need playmakers on both sides of the ball.

As such, a conventional Oakland wish list would look like this: South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins, Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack and a trio of offensive tackles in Michigan’s Taylor Lewan, Texas A&M’s Jake Matthews and Auburn's Greg Robinson.

Trading back a few spots could also yield the likes of Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald or Texas A&M receiver Mike Evans.

The McKenzie media conference will be streamed live at Raiders.com with reaction here on this blog and on my Twitter timeline, @PGutierrezESPN.