Despite desire to trade down, Raiders largely stand pat

Despite desire to trade down, Raiders largely stand pat
May 10, 2014, 7:30 pm
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It was extremely difficult (to get into the fifth or sixth round).
Reggie McKenzie

ALAMEDA -– Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie came into the 2014 NFL draft with seven selections. He left making eight picks. That’s far fewer than he’d hoped for.

The Raiders planned on trading down several times in attempt to acquire more picks, but intent rarely led to execution. They made just one trade, swapping third round picks with Miami for an extra fourth rounder.

They ignored overtures in the first for linebacker Khalil Mack and in the second, when they went with quarterback Derek Carr.

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But try as he might to trade down in the fourth round and acquire selections in the fifth and sixth –- he traded those picks away before the draft –- McKenzie couldn’t find fair trade.

“It was extremely difficult (to get into the fifth or sixth round),” McKenzie said Saturday after the draft. “I never want to go through that again. We tried to make some moves in but we had no takers. So, we made our fourth-round picks and we had to wait until Round 7.”

Here are the picks the Raiders made:

No. 5: OLB Khalil Mack, Buffalo
No. 36: QB Derek Carr, Fresno State
No. 81 (from Miami):OG Gabe Jackson, Mississippi St.
No. 107: DT Justin Ellis, Louisiana Tech
No. 116 (from Miami): CB Keith McGill, Utah
No. 219: CB T.J. Carrie, Ohio
No. 235: DE Shelby Harris, Illinois State
No. 247 (from Seattle): SS Jonathan Dowling