Raiders get 3 compensatory picks
The Oakland Raiders more than doubled their draft haul by
receiving three compensatory picks Monday for April’s draft.
The NFL awarded the Raiders picks at the end of the third,
fourth and fifth rounds based on free agents they lost and signed
”Whatever the formula is, I love this formula. I love it,” new
general manager Reggie McKenzie said from the NFL owners meetings
”Obviously this is better than what I expected,” he said.
”Hopefully, we can make do and have some good picks.”
McKenzie was expecting a third-round pick as compensation for
star cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha signing with Philadelphia. He was
very pleased to get picks in the fourth and fifth rounds as
Among the other free agents the Raiders lost last season were
tight end Zach Miller, guard Robert Gallery and linebacker Thomas
Howard. The most prominent player signed was tight end Kevin
Oakland previously only had picks in the fifth and sixth rounds
because of trades and the supplemental draft.
The Raiders traded their first-round pick to Cincinnati last
October for quarterback Carson Palmer, their second-rounder to New
England for the picks to draft offensive lineman Joseph Barksdale
and running back Taiwan Jones last year, their third-rounder to
take quarterback Terrelle Pryor in the supplemental draft, their
fourth-rounder in 2010 to Washington to acquire quarterback Jason
Campbell and their seventh-rounder last year to Seattle for
linebacker Aaron Curry.
Oakland’s first pick in April’s draft will be the 95th overall –
up two spots because New Orleans was docked a second-round pick for
its bounty program and the Raiders used their third-rounder in the
The Raiders will also pick 129th at the end of the fourth round
and 168th at the end of the fifth. The team is not allowed to trade
any of its compensatory picks.
McKenzie said he believes he can find starters through the fifth
round based on his experience with the Green Bay Packers as
director of football operations.
”I think there are very good players in the middle rounds,” he
said. ”From the standpoint of depth, I think it’s there. In the
first round it may not be too deep. But for the most part, there
are some good players throughout this draft.”
With limited salary cap room remaining, McKenzie will have to
use the draft to fill the remaining holes on the team. The biggest
needs right now are for a starting outside linebacker, possibly a
starting tight end, backups at running back and quarterback and
depth throughout the roster.
”I’m still looking for great backups who can become starters at
every position,” McKenzie said. ”I need a lot more picks than
what I have now and some more free agent moves. The only thing I
wish I had more of was NFL money and NFL cap. That’s what I wish I
had more of.”