|Reggie McKenzie, right, became Raiders general manager in 2012. Photo by Bob Carr Photography; used with permission.|
Since taking over in January 2012, McKenzie - who had been the Packers' director of football operations, made his name in Wisconsin in the player personnel department, spending more than a decade as director of player personnel before his promotion in 2008.
With the 2018 NFL Draft approaching, McKenzie has overseen six drafts during his tenure in Silver & Black. Now, with the hire of Jon Gruden as head coach - the fourth head coach since McKenzie took over as GM and fired head coach Hue Jackson - there is speculation about how power will be shared in the front office. But McKenzie's reputation is as a scout, while Gruden's is, of course, as an offensive guru.
But how has McKenzie really fared in Oakland's 2012-17 drafts? On the upside, his 2014 Draft was one of the best in Raiders' history, without a doubt. And, to be fair, his first draft was hamstrung by Jackson's maneuvering during the 2011 season in the wake of Al Davis' death as he tried to get the Raiders to the playoffs and secure his own future (failing on both counts).