Woeful past drafts heighten urgency for Raiders

Woeful past drafts heighten urgency for Raiders
March 21, 2013, 4:15 pm
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The Raiders have one pick in the first, third and fourth rounds, two picks in the sixth, and two more picks in the seventh. (AP)

The Raiders hold the No. 3 overall NFL draft pick, though many observers expect them to trade out of it to acquire more draft picks as general manager Reggie McKenzie continues his rebuilding project.

After being awarded a compensatory pick -- a sixth-rounder -- Oakland now has seven selections.

[REWIND: Raiders awarded additional draft pick]

No doubt, McKenzie has to have a good draft, or at least, better than what the Raiders had from 2006 through 2009.

Consider: just two of the 30 players drafted by Oakland in that four-year span remain with the team -- running back Darren McFadden and strong safety Tyvon Branch.

And when you look at the past three drafts, just 16 of the Raiders' 24 picks (including the 2011 supplemental pick of quarterback Terrelle Pryor) since 2010 will be on the roster after linebacker Rolando McClain is sent packing.

A look, then, at the Raiders' most up-to-date draft selections for April…

1. First round, No. 3 (No. 3 overall): Own pick
2. Second round, No. 5 (No. 37 overall): belongs to Cincinnati from Carson Palmer trade
3. Third round, No. 4 (No. 66 overall): Own pick
4. Fourth round, No. 3 (No. 100 overall): Own pick
5. Fifth round, No. 5 (No. 138 overall): belongs to Seattle from Aaron Curry trade
6. Sixth round, No. 4 (No. 172 overall): Own pick
6. Sixth round, No. 37 (No. 205 overall): Comp pick
7. Seventh round, No. 3 (No. 209 overall): Own pick
8. Seventh round, No. 13 (No. 219 overall): From Carolina for Louis Murphy

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