ALAMEDA -- The Raiders have made a point in drafting and signing players with what they judge to have "high character," as well as a love of the game.
Which is why their drafting of Oklahoma defensive tackle Stacy McGee in the sixth round, No. 205 overall, on Saturday seemed to be such an anomaly.
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McGee was arrested twice, once for marijuana possession, once for DUI, and faced a pair of school-issued suspensions, including for last season's Copper Bowl, in his time playing for the Sooners. Last year, he appeared in just six games and in his career, he had just 2 1/2 sacks.
So why did the Raiders take a leap of faith on McGee?
"The research, and talking to, not only doing the research with the people down there and all of that, but the research with him and his group, the people that surround him, his support group, and talking to him, himself," said Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie. "Just came away with, I wanted to see what this guy has and give him the chance. He knows it.
"But I have no problems bringing him into that locker room. He’s a solid guy that made some mistakes in college. That happens sometimes. But after the thorough research that we had, we felt good about him."