It seems the Raiders' off-season has caught the attention of someone outside Raider Nation. Here's what Don Banks had to say today in his off-season 'Best and Worst' analysis:
Best nearly unnoticed work
Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie cleans up after the debacle of the Hue Jackson era: Short on cap space and draft picks in his first year on the job, McKenzie is starting to dig out of the hole that he inherited. The move that brought Matt Flynn in and pushed Carson Palmer out at quarterback was a solid step, as were low-profile free-agent signings like Tracy Porter, Nick Roach, Jason Hunter and Mike Jenkins.
More good work was done in the draft, with the Raiders trading down from No. 3 to No. 12 to reacquire a second-round selection, and picking up instant starters in cornerback D.J. Hayden, offensive tackle Menelik Watson and linebacker Sio Moore. Oakland has plenty of work left to do, but some of the heavy lifting has been done.