The Oakland Raiders have eight selections in this year's NFL Draft, looking to find another gem.
Last year, GM Reggie McKenzie snagged Pro Bowler Amari Cooper in the first round. One year before, McKenzie grabbed Khalil Mack and Derek Carr with his first two picks. Both made the Pro Bowl last season, while Mack was named All-Pro at two positions.
Will McKenzie and the rest of his brain trust continue the franchise's successful run this year? Recent numbers suggest he will.
The Jacksonville Jaguars and Raiders have made the biggest jumps in terms of where they were on the trend line as both have added a substantial amount of core pieces over the past couple of drafts and both teams have accumulated an above average number of picks.
Because they have done well in recent drafts and had a lot of cap space to spend this offseason, it puts both organizations potentially on the rise.
We know Oakland has done well at the top, adding Khalil Mack, Derek Carr and Amari Cooper as foundation pieces the past two years, but they also added Gabe Jackson and Justin Ellis as starters in the middle rounds and have gotten production out of late sixth round picks Latavius Murray and Mychal Rivera, which we're about to see is huge when weighing in that bottom rung investment.
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