McKenzie on Draft: We're trying to 'help the Raiders the most'
ALAMEDA -- Yes, Reggie McKenzie has a specific player in mind for when the Raiders pick in the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday.
No, Oakland's second-year general manager is not about to reveal it.
"You guys love information and you know I'm not going to give it to you," McKenzie said to assembled reporters Tuesday at his pre-draft media availability at the Raiders' facility.
"I really want to, but the other 31 teams would have a field day, and I don't think I want to let that happen."
Indeed, because while many draftniks have the Raiders selecting Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd or Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei, the rest of the observers see Oakland trading out of the pick in order to not only stay in the first round, but also pick up additional selections while getting a second-rounder.
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The Raiders are currently without a second-round selection from the Carson Palmer trade in 2011.
And yes, teams have been calling the Raiders to check their temperature on trading down some 72 hours before the draft begins.
"We're just feeling around right now," McKenzie said. "Nothing is concrete but…peripheral conversations."
As expected, McKenzie said the decision to trade out or stick with the pick will be dependent upon the perceived value of each.
"It's whichever deal is going to help the Raiders the most," he said. "In some cases, the offer may be too good to pass up.
The Raiders currently have seven selections -- the first-rounder, a third-rounder (No. 66 overall), a fourth-rounder (No. 100 overall), three sixth-rounders (Nos. 172, 176 and 205 overall) and a seventh-rounder (No. 209 overall).