ALAMEDA –- Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie hoped to find a big-play receiver in the 2014 draft, but came up empty.
The Raiders were looking for a young player to set atop the depth chart, a potential No. 1 to headline a group that already includes James Jones, Rod Streater and Denarius Moore.
Despite his best efforts, that didn’t happen. Quality pass catchers were available in the first and second rounds, but those selections went to Khalil Mack at No. 5 overall and Derek Carr at No. 36. The Raiders didn’t have a receiver rated higher than those players when selecting.
“The receivers at that time were not high on the board. We’re not going to reach down and take a receiver,” McKenzie said. “I would have liked to (draft) a receiver. I would have. It just didn’t fall that way.”
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After a while, especially into the fourth round, finding a receiver produced diminishing returns. A player they would draft wasn’t an upgrade over the personnel they have.
That puts greater onus on Jones and the Raiders young corps to produce consistently in the passing game.
“We like who we have,” McKenzie said.