Scott Bair

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Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie selected the best player available when making receiver Amari Cooper the NFL draft’s No. 4 overall pick. It just so happened to fill a major need.

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ALAMEDA -- Veterans and rookies have to earn their roles on Jack Del Rio’s team. The new Raiders head coach doesn’t give playing time to anyone, regardless of stature.

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ALAMEDA -– The Raiders had trouble finding flaws in receiver Amari Cooper during the draft process. They saw the college tape of Cooper dominating SEC competition at Alabama.

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Amari Cooper

Wide receiver

Alabama

6-foot-1

211 pounds

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The Raiders currently own the No. 4 overall pick in the NFL draft. That may not be the case through Thursday’s 5 p.m. hour.

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