The first round of the NFL Draft might get the glamor but it’s the second day of the draft that goes a long way in determining the future of an NFL franchise. After trading down in round one in order to acquire a pick in round two, Reggie McKenzie got back on the clock and went back to work.
Proving he’s got a little Al Davis in him McKenzie rolled the dice on Florida State right tackle Menelik Watson with the 42nd overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Watson played only one season of football for the Seminoles after beginning his collegiate athletic career as a basketball player at
Marist College. Watson is also British bringing Oakland’s England contingency to two including Jack Crawford. How many teams can boast of that?
The Raiders have had revolving door at right tackle in recent years so the hope is Watson can put an end to that. Just how soon he’ll be ready to compete at the NFL level remains to be seen.
After addressing the O-line in round two McKenzie shifted his attention back to the defense in round three. With the 66th pick in the draft Oakland nabbed Connecticut linebacker Sio Moore. The selection of Moore adds to a growing collection of new linebackers in Silver and Black.
While many see Dennis Allen transitioning to a 3-4 Moore is a talent many view as being better suited to play in the 4-3. None the less athletic and versatile Moore gives Oakland more options as the defensive overhaul continues.