December 21, 2012; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; UCF Knights running back Latavius Murray (28) runs with the ball against the Ball State Cardinals during the first quarter of the St. Petersburg Beef

Raiders Active With Trade, 4 Picks In 6th Round

Reggie McKenzie is finally getting the chance to make moves as a GM and its got to be a good feeling. So good McKenzie keeps making deals for more picks a common theme in the 2013 NFL Draft.

After having nothing much to do during his first draft as the Raiders general manager McKenzie has had nothing but action his second time around.

With four picks in the sixth round the Raiders were going to be busy no matter what. So just to make sure he’s getting every ounce of effort out of the scouting department McKenzie when ahead and traded with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to move back in the 6th while also acquiring another pick in the 7th.

With plenty of needs still to address McKenzie took his attention to the position of tight ends grabbing Colorado’s Nick Kasa with the 172 pick then Tennessee Volunteer Mychal Rivera at 184th overall. Both men have not only an inside track on making the 53-man but could also challenge for the starting job coming out of camp.

Just before taking their second tight end of the 6th round the Raiders grabbed a sleeper running back with the 181st pick they got from Tampa. Central Florida’s Latsvius Murray has been tabbed by many as the sleeper back of the 2013 class. He’s got those two traits Al Davis also responded to; size and speed.

Finally with their lone compensatory pick of 2013 the silver and black selected Oklahoma DT Stacy McGee 205th overall. One year ago the Raiders needed compensatory picks just to have a class. One year later they’ve got a full class and then some thanks to the moves made by McKenzie. This class isn’t quite full yet and the verdict will be coming some years from now. Right here and now it’s about all that can be done to improve this roster. That’s all you can ask of management.

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  • Raider Grant

    Kudos to McKenzie for adding additional picks to roster, Best of luck to all of them! I do feel certain picks are questionable do to the fact better talent was available . Examples: 4th round we could have added seriously talented, athletic, possible immediate impact player,but took a QB??? 6th round we could of landed a great RB/special teams pick in Kenjon Barner from Oregon who could of been a Heisman Trophy contender if not for Oregon blowing out teams & two bad games where chip Kelly called plays poorly. Instead McKenzie picks RB Latavis Murray? Best of luck again to the new additions & Go Raiders!