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Jon Gruden has re-enacted the purge with Reggie McKenzie Raiders draft picks

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The all out assault on Reggie McKenzie draft picks this offseason included nine picks in top four rounds.

NFL: Oakland Raiders-Jon Gruden Press Conference Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

It’s been known for some time that the Raiders don’t currently possess a single player from Reggie McKenzie’s first two drafts as Raiders GM in 2012-13. This offseason saw the largest purge of McKenzie picks to date.

Since Jon Gruden arrived, he has been getting rid of McKenzie drafted picks at a fever pace. Here is the list of picks from 2014-17 who were on the Raiders roster last year and who are not now:

Khalil Mack, Round 1, 2014 – Traded to Bears

Mario Edwards Jr, Round 2, 2015 – Waived in final cuts, claimed by Giants

Jihad Ward, Round 2, 2016 – Traded to Cowboys

Obi Melifonwu, Round 2, 2017 – Waived/injured, placed on injured reserve

Clive Walford, Round 3, 2015 – Waived last March

Eddie Vanderdoes, Round 3, 2017 – Placed on Physically Unable to Perform list

Keith McGill, Round 4, 2014 – Not re-signed in March

Connor Cook, Round 4, 2016 – Waived in final roster cuts

David Sharpe, Round 4 2017 – Waived day after roster cuts

Cory James, Round 6, 2016 – Waived in May

TJ Carrie, Round 7, 2014 – Not re-signed, signed free agent deal with Browns

Dexter McDonald, Round 7, 2015 – Waived/injured among final roster cuts

Vadal Alexander, Round 7, 2016 – Released after failure to report to camp

Shalom Luani, Round 7, 2017 – Trade to Seahawks for 7th round pick

Jylan Ware, Round 7, 2017 – Waived in final roster cuts

Elijah Hood, Round 7, 2017 – Waived in May

Treyvon Hester, Round 7, 2017 — Waived Monday (this is an update)

That’s 17 former Reggie McKenzie draft picks over four years gone in a matter of months. That is an absolute massacre. It’s more than the actual number of McKenzie draft selects who still remain on the team.

There are a combined total of just 10 former Reggie McKenzie draft picks on the team. The players who remain are Derek Carr, Gabe Jackson, Justin Ellis, Amari Cooper, Jon Feliciano, Karl Joseph, Shilique Calhoun, DeAndre Washington, Gareon Conley, and Marquel Lee.

Here is what the past four drafts prior to this one look like:


1 Gareon Conley CB Ohio State

2 Obi Melifonwu S Connecticut

3 Eddie Vanderdoes DT UCLA

4 David Sharpe OT Florida

5 Marquel Lee LB Wake Forest

7a. Shalom Luani S Washington State

7b. Jylan Ware OT Alabama State

7c. Elijah Hood RB North Carolina

7d. Treyvon Hester DT Toledo


1 Karl Joseph S West Virginia

2 Jihad Ward DE Illinois

3 Shilique Calhoun DE Michigan State

4 Connor Cook QB Michigan State

5 DeAndré Washington RB Texas Tech

6 Cory James LB Colorado State

7 Vadal Alexander G LSU


1 Amari Cooper WR Alabama

2 Mario Edwards Jr. DE Florida State

3 Clive Walford TE Miami

4 Jon Feliciano G Miami

5a. Ben Heeney LB Kansas

5b. Neiron Ball LB Florida

6 Max Valles LB Virginia

7a. Anthony Morris OL Tennessee State

7b. Andre Debose WR Florida

7c. Dexter McDonald CB Kansas


1 Khalil Mack LB Buffalo

2 Derek Carr QB Fresno State

3 Gabe Jackson G Mississippi State

4a. Justin Ellis DT Louisiana Tech

4b. Keith McGill CB Utah

7a. TJ Carrie CB Ohio

7b. Shelby Harris DE Illinois State

7c. Jonathan Dowling S Western Kentucky

Make of this what you will.

Editor’s note: This article was updated to reflect the team waiving Treyvon Hester Monday.