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Last ‘Bastian: Al Davis’s Last Leg Might Be A Goner

Sebastian Janikowski will not play again for the Oakland Raiders this year and possibly won’t take the field again. For Oakland Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski, 2017 was a contract year. The long-time superstar leg of the Raiders renegotiated his contract in the offseason in preparation for free agency next year. The kicker took a pay …

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Raiders owner Al Davis

Al Davis’s “Baker’s Dozen”: 13 Great 2nd Round Picks

Everyone loves the first round of the NFL draft when teams choose the biggest names coming out of college. Al Davis chose 555 players in his long career, from Tony Lorick to Terrelle Pryor, including Marcus Allen, Jack Tatum, Tim Brown, Sebastian Janikowski, and many other great Raiders in Round One.

Yet he, his scouts, and general managers also found many stars in Round Two, many of them small-school or obscure players who went on to stellar careers. More recently, the Oakland Raiders have added three intriguing players to the defense from Round Two in the last three drafts—Mario Edwards in 2015, Jihad Ward in 2016, and Obi Melifonwu this year.


A brief history of the Raiders’ war room

A good scout is worth his weight in gold, be it war or talent acquisition, so knowing what to plan for in advance is vital to achieving success. Originating as a scout, McKenzie is a shrewd talent evaluator who “sniffs it out like a bloodhound”. He will leave no tape unwatched, no coach unquestioned, and no small school unexplored as finding talent is this man’s specialty.

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