McKenzie: 'We'll begin with Flynn'

McKenzie: 'Vital information' from scouts prior to draft

McKenzie: 'We'll begin with Flynn'
April 23, 2013, 6:45 pm
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He has all the intangibles. I think he can play the position. He can throw the ball and I think he’s going to be a solid QB.
—Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie on Matt Flynn

ALAMEDA -- No surprise here but Matt Flynn is indeed sitting atop the depth chart at quarterback for the Raiders and will be there when the team opens OTA workouts on May 20.

So said Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie in his pre-draft media availability session on Tuesday at the team's facility.

"We're going to begin with Matt Flynn," McKenzie said. "Now, the quarterback who will be on the roster from that point on, they will all compete so…and like I said, guys, every position, it’s all about getting players that can play and compete."

Meaning Flynn enters OTAs as the No. 1 and if Terrelle Pryor is still on the roster, he is No. 2. But McKenzie still wants to see competition. Mind you, he did not say open competition. And no doubt the Raiders will add a quarterback or two between now and training camp in Napa.

So what did McKenzie see in Flynn from their shared time in Green Bay that made him think he was worth $6.5 million in guaranteed money and a fifth-round selection in 2014 as well as an undisclosed conditional pick in 2015?

"Two things that I feel (are) important, and that’s presence as far as leadership and how to move a team down the field and knowing how to do it," McKenzie said of Flynn. "He has all the intangibles. I think he can play the position. He can throw the ball and I think he’s going to be a solid quarterback."

The Raiders obtained Flynn from Seattle on April 1, a day before shipping Carson Palmer and a seventh-round pick, No. 219 overall, in this year's draft to Arizona for a sixth-rounder, No. 176 overall, this year and and a 2014 conditional pick.

Flynn, who was a seventh-round pick of the Packers in 2008, has started two NFL games in his career.

"Now, how good can he be? We’ll figure that out, but he’s got a chance to be a good, solid quarterback," McKenzie said. "He hasn’t played a lot of games so that’s what’s ahead of him, is to see what’s ahead of him. He’ll get in here, compete, and try to show his team and coaches if he can play.

"The coaching staff probably doesn’t know. I’m probably the guy who knows him best and I feel good that he can play the position."