Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie's ability to draft eventual stars helped lead the team to their first playoff appearance in 14 years last season.
The experts at RotoWorld ranked McKenzie as the 12th best GM in the NFL currently. McKenzie jumped four spots from his previous ranking.
Here's RotoWorld's assessment of McKenzie.
12. Reggie McKenzie, Raiders
Last Year’s Ranking: 16
Reggie McKenzie’s rosters have produced just 30 wins in five years, but the trajectory is clear: Up. McKenzie almost didn’t survive his necessary teardown of Al Davis’ roster. His drafts were abysmal and his free agent signings even worse.
Then Khalil Mack and Derek Carr happened. April 2014 forever changed the course of Raiders football, and reminded of the virtues of patience. I certainly didn’t have it, declaring McKenzie done multiple times. McKenzie turned his corner.
Now he needs to get over the hump. 2016 could have been the year, but Carr’s broken ankle derailed the Raiders’ AFC West title aspirations and playoff hopes. This is also still a flawed roster.
McKenzie has yet to find the right surrounding talent for Mack on defense. Jack Del Rio is an uninspiring fit as coach. His ceiling has been hard-capped through 11 NFL seasons. These are problems for McKenzie. What they are not is crises. McKenzie survived his. It’s onward and upward until further notice.
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