In case you didn’t get the memo, Reggie McKenzie is highly unimpressed with the last batch of talent Al Davis drafted into Silver and Black. Mark Davis and McKenzie were no doubt out to do things there own way. That’s more than understandable. What’s a little tough to digest is the continued purging of the Raiders’ 2011 draft class. I get that this might not have been the best collection of talent ever unearthed by Oakland’s scouting department. But since when did giving up on young talent this quickly only to replace it with practice squad scrubs become a better option?
Today McKenzie is reported to have cut ties with Joe Barksdale making him the third member of Al’s last class to be sent packing. Barksdale’s departure means two of the Raiders top three picks from 2011 are no longer with the team. DeMarcus Van Dyke was released before the start of the season and now Barksdale, picked just 11 spots after DVD, joins him in departure from the East Bay.
Chimdi Chekwa was also sent packing which would have made three of Oakland’s top four 2011 picks gone in just over a year but he was signed to the practice squad. However that’s a little like having your girl dump you only to have her invite you over to do her laundry while she makes out with her new dude.
There are five more members of the 2011 class still employed by McKenzie. Stefen Wisniewski and Denarius Moore have nothing to worry about. However Taiwan Jones, Richard Gordon and David Ausberry might want to heed the warning.
As you would expect, McKenzie jumped back into that Packers dumpster to find someone to take Barksdale’s roster spot.