The Best Player Available strategy was always historically used by Al Davis in the days when the Raiders were the powerhouse that they were. This is not something new to the Raiders. When the Raiders were perenially powerful, the Raiders were generally strong at all positions. Hence, the Raiders never drafted for need. Davis always chose the best player available, especially if that player had speed. What was remarkable about this strategy is that when you are strong at every position and a new player is put in to play, that player always exhibited his strengths because the rest of the team members allowed it to happen. For example, there was a period during the Van Eaghan era when it was touted that the Raiders had 6 starting running backs. The reason why this happened is because we had such a powerful o-line with tight ends that you could put anybody in as a running back and that person would excel. As such, since any and all players played so well, the players that could not make the roster were quickly picked up by other teams, or the Raiders would trade them giving the Raiders and abundance of other picks or free agents to choose from - this is the best player strategy at its best.
Recall in those days when the draft consisted of 17 selections rather than just 7 and every pick just seemed to work out so well for the Raiders, and the ravenous hoards of losing teams would quickly scavenge our rejects. Even with only 7 picks this strategy will work once there is strength at most positions. Every year the strategy repeats itself creating a perenially-contending team which is what the Raiders were and is where the Raiders are heading. Reggie knows this system well. He watched Davis operate it when Reggie was an Oakland player and is what brought the Packers to greatness again.
We were so strong at every position that if we were weak at a certain position it was easy for Al to pick up the need - Ted Hendricks and Bob Brown are some of the most classic examples. Another example is the Raymond Chester trade for Deacon Jones that did not work out, but it did not matter because we were so strong and with remarkable depth as Casper was waiting in the wings. If Reggie is allowed to work his strategy, I firmly believe this is what we are going to return to. I believe in what Reggie is doing because he has been well-trained in this strategy.
Finally, let's look at the current draft. By sticking to his draft board some might criticize his picks, such as drafting two tight ends. Reggie is looking for closure here at this position of weakness by extending the probability that a tight end is going to work out for the Raiders. By choosing such strong players at this position, it will reduce the chances significantly of looking for tight ends in next year's draft because players like these are more likely to work out, or at least one of them will. This will mean that there will be better concentration on the d-line or other positions of weakness if they are not filled this year because there will be less weaknesses by next year, hence the formation of the perennial contender. Hey Raider Nation, let Reggie do his thing because it will work!