January 10, 2012, seems like it was just yesterday.
On this day, Mark Davis made his first move as Raiders owner by introducing new general manager, Reggie McKenzie. After 30 months of deconstruction, the third-year GM has renovated Oakland’s roster.
Right before Mark Davis gave the podium to his newest hire, he quoted his iconic father.
“The greatness of the Raiders is in its future. Reggie, the future is now.”
In 2014, those words are loud and clear.
As training camp begins, scroll down and take a good look at this pie chart that illustrates how Reggie McKenzie has fashioned the Raiders 90-man roster.
UNDRAFTED FREE AGENTS
“Do we have enough draft picks? No, we don’t, but we can find players in different ways. We are going to work the college free agent market.” -Reggie McKenzie, January 10, 2012
McKenzie was a a 10th-round draft pick to the Los Angeles Raiders in 1985 and knows there are diamonds in the rough once the NFL Draft ends. There are 24 undrafted free agents on the current team with 13 undrafted rookies competing for a roster spot.
HEADLINER: ROD STREATER
Just two and a half years ago,
ON THE RISE: MARQUETTE KING
Here is another player from Reggie’s 2012 undrafted class. After succeeding All-Pro Shane Lecher in 2013,
Reggie McKenzie has drafted 24 players since 2012 and 21 of those picks remain on the roster. Building the defense has been priority for McKenzie, choosing 14 defenders through the last three drafts.
HEADLINER: KHALIL MACK
ON THE RISE: MILES BURRIS
The Raiders 2012 fourth-round pick started 15 games as a rookie but is one year removed from knee surgery.
“Mentally, that was one of the toughest things I’ve been through. One of the darkest years of my life, but that’s where my faith came through so greatly, and just leaning on the Lord for everything.”
So far, 38 percent of this team is comprised of free agents, the largest segment of players on the roster. Finding players with a winning attitude has been a top priority for Reggie McKenzie, signing seven players with 10 combined Super Bowl rings through free agency.
HEADLINER: JUSTIN TUCK
ON THE RISE: JAMES JONES
The former San Jose State wide receiver is back in the Bay Area with a chip on his shoulder.
Time sure does fly. There are only 10 players from the 2011 roster left on this team and McKenzie has kept them in the locker room for a reason as seven of them were starters last season.
HEADLINER: MARCEL REECE