One chapter Reggie McKenzie skipped over in the Al Davis book on running a football franchise is trading away future draft picks. A few months ago the Raiders had to rely on compensatory picks just to have a draft of any kind. McKenzie went on the record saying the silver and black are out of the business of dealing away picks.
Now the chapter McKenzie has taken to heart from the book authored by Al is to keep both eyes open in the never ending pursuit of talent.
McKenzie made a name for himself by helping the Green Bay Packers to find talent in some of the most unlikely places. In his short time in Oakland McKenzie has carried on that tradition.
Already the Raiders have tried to turn a collegiate hoopster into a tight end, brought in a bevy of undrafted yet talented prospects and are now said to be looking over a physically impressive wide receiver from Baylor that has entered the supplemental draft.
We already know McKenzie is unlikely to burn a future pick on a player in the supplemental draft. Not after Davis did so a year ago for Terrelle Pryor who the jury is still very much out on. However that McKenzie would even send his scouts to look over Josh Gordon, who is certainly turning heads, says it all.
It says McKenzie isn’t one to be content with what he’s got. It says he knows there is always a way to improve. It also says he shares the same passion for the game that Davis did.
Much like Davis, McKenzie must feel most comfortable when he’s turning over every rock in the garden in hopes of finding buried treasure. Also similar to Davis, McKenzie loves athletes.
While there isn’t a heavy emphasis on the stopwatch there is clearly a desire to fill the roster with the type of talent that just can’t be coached.
Nice to know the Davis traditions are still being carried on. Even if it’s not exactly the same approach the results are all that ultimately matter.
Just win, baby!