The last time the Oakland Raiders took a wide receiver from San Diego State in the 7th round they found a hidden gem. While injuries kept Chaz Schilens from showing the production to match his promise it’s found money when you get a contributor this late in the draft.
So if Reggie McKenzie gets more from Brice Butler than Al Davis did from Schilens it will be a sign that the new sheriff in town is takes his cues from the past with a modern approach. Both Butler and Schilens are San Diego State alumnus with size and speed. Both were seventh round picks of Oakland with McKenzie making Butler the 209th pick in the 2013 Draft. Beyond that the hope is that Butler will reach his potential unlike Schilens.
Already there is some talk that Butler, a former USC Trojan who transferred after his junior year, could be making the move over to the defensive side of the ball. We’ll see. There will be plenty of competition in camp at all positions and this team is very much in need of a #1 receiver so don’t close the door on Butler’s offensive days just yet.
With their final pick of 2013 the Raiders grabbed Missouri Western defensive end David Bass. If Bass is anywhere near as productive a pass rusher in the NFL as he was in college then then pick will be the steal of the draft. Bass racked up 39 sacks in 50 career starts.
Many speculated the Raiders would address the need of a pass rusher off the edge with their first pick. Instead it’s the final selection that was saved to find just such a player.