2013 NFL Draft: Oakland Raiders use 6th round to Bolster Offense
The Oakland Raiders needed some help on offense and Reggie McKenzie delivered the weapons in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
Although many would argue Oakland needs a lot of help on defense and should have focused more on that side of the ball, the Raiders still needed some weapons on offense. Whoever lines up under center in Week 1 will need somebody to throw the ball to and someone who can protect them. The Raiders addressed both in this round.
Oakland began at No. 172 by selecting the big blocking tight end it desperately needed in Nick Kasa. He stands 6-feet 6 inches and has good hands, but he is an impressive blocker and will be a major asset for the power running game the Raiders want to utilize. With their second pick, No. 181, the Raiders took Latavius Murray, who has 4.4 speed, but also benched 22 reps of 225 pounds. He will be an excellent change of pace back for Darren McFadden and could even help out as a returner.
The Raiders proceeded to try and replace Brandon Myers by taking Mychal Rivera at No. 184. The tight end out of Tennessee is a great receiver to move the chains and will be a reliable check down options. He isn’t the best blocker, but he is adequate which is all Oakland can ask of him.
With its final pick in the sixth round, No. 205, Oakland added depth on the defensive line with Stacy McGee out of Oklahoma. The 308-pound defensive tackle is very athletic, but his stamina is not great and he did not have enough production to merit more playing time. He also had a lot of off the field issues, which could be a problem in the future.
The McGee pick was questionable, but other than that Oakland did an excellent job in round 6. I’ll give the first three picks an A- and the last pick a C-.
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