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2015 Oakland Raiders GameDay B

Coaching Staff Gameday MAGAZINE 19 Reggie McKenzie General Manager Reggie McKenzie, a former draft pick by Raiders Owner Al Davis as a player, enters his 28th season in the National Football League and his fourth as General Manager of the Silver and Black. McKenzie was named to the position by Owner Mark Davis on Jan. 10, 2012, becoming the first General Manager of the franchise since Al Davis was hired as Head Coach and General Manager in 1963. In his first three years as General Manager, McKenzie has overseen significant changes in the organization’s scouting, player personnel and football operations departments, while bringing refined football acumen to the Silver and Black. Adhering to a strategy of building a competitive roster through the draft while making strategic acquisitions via free agency and trades, McKenzie enters his fourth season at the helm having already earned plaudits from some of the most respected voices in football. McKenzie’s proficiency in personnel evaluation is evidenced by the recent influx of productive players to Oakland. Addressing key needs in the middle of the defense, McKenzie added defensive tackle Dan Williams, middle linebacker Curtis Lofton and safety Nate Allen during the early free-agency period this past March, immediately strengthening the core of the unit. The additions were supplemented by the re-signing of safety Charles Woodson and the return of defensive lineman Justin Tuck, who was signed as a free agent in 2014. On offense, McKenzie has made key free-agent acquisitions along the offensive line and at several skill positions. Center Rodney Hudson was signed in March, joining a unit that includes tackles Donald Penn and Austin Howard, both 2014 free agent signings. Wide receiver Michael Crabtree and running back Trent Richardson, both former top 10 draft picks, were also added this past offseason. McKenzie’s scouting department added exciting talent at numerous positions through the 2015 NFL Draft. Wide Receiver Amari Cooper, selected with the fourth-overall pick out of Alabama, is expected to have an immediate impact, and defensive lineman Mario Edwards Jr. and tight end Clive Walford, selected in the second and third rounds, respectively, are both highly-regarded talents. McKenzie executed a pair of trades on the draft’s final day, increasing the Raiders’ draft haul to 10 players and adding depth to the roster. McKenzie and his staff supplemented the roster with exceptional talent through the 2014 NFL Draft, adding four immediate starters to the active roster and earning top grades across the board from local and national media. The Raiders selected six defensive players, including fifth-overall selection linebacker Khalil Mack, who earned consensus All-Rookie honors in his first season. In the second round, McKenzie added quarterback Derek Carr, who started all 16 games as a rookie and shattered every rookie passing record in franchise annals. The 2014 NFL Draft bounty included starting left guard Gabe Jackson and defensive tackle Justin Ellis, who started 14 games as a rookie. Also among the draft standouts was cornerback TJ Carrie, who played in 13 games with four starts in 2014. Stocking the roster with talented young players began in earnest for McKenzie with the 2013 NFL Draft, when he adeptly traded the third-overall pick to Miami in exchange for the 12th selection and the Dolphins’ second-round choice, picks which he used to select cornerback DJ Hayden and tackle Menelik Watson, respectively. McKenzie also selected linebacker Sio Moore in the third round and later executed two additional draft-day trades, turning seven picks into a league-high 10 total selections, and mining promising talents like tight end Mychal Rivera and running back Latavius Murray in the later rounds. In his first draft as General Manager in 2012, the Raiders owned just five selections and none before the 95th overall pick, a third-round compensatory choice. Following that draft, McKenzie added rookie free agent wide receiver Rod Streater, who totaled 39 receptions as a newcomer and led the Raiders with 60 catches for 888 yards in 2013, and punter Marquette King, who led the NFL punting (48.9 avg.) in 2013 and set franchise punting records in 2014. McKenzie, who played in 58 games with 40 starts at linebacker for the Silver and Black from 1985-88, re-joined the franchise after 18 years in the Green Bay Packers’ personnel department. Joining the Packers in 1994, McKenzie helped Green Bay capture eight division titles and three conference championships, and won Super Bowls XXXI and XLV. A key component in evaluating and acquiring talent, McKenzie was instrumental in helping Green Bay establish the league’s second-best record, 194-110 (.638), trailing only New England (198-106, .651) since the 1993 dawn of free agency and the salary cap, a period many observers predicted would be difficult to navigate for the small-market franchise. In Green Bay, McKenzie oversaw the team’s scouting efforts of all professional football leagues, including the NFL, CFL and Arena Football League. He also played a key role in evaluating both players on the roster and potential free agents across the league. McKenzie was heavily involved in all of the team’s transactions and tryouts on a daily basis to build depth, including 2010, when the Packers won the Lombardi Trophy despite losing six opening-day starters – and 15 overall – to season-ending injuries. Also central in signing free agents Ryan Pickett and Woodson, the 2009 Defensive Player of the Year, his work produced several contributors in the run to the Super Bowl XLV crown. A decade earlier, McKenzie helped obtain Eugene Robinson, Santana Dotson, Bruce Wilkerson, Andre Rison and Desmond Howard, significant cogs in the Packers’ Super Bowl XXXI title. In recent years, including the team’s world championship campaign in 2010 and its 15-1 regular season in 2011, McKenzie produced advance scouting reports on upcoming opponents, working closely with the head coach and his staff. He also contributed to the scouting of college prospects and worked in conjunction with general manager Ted Thompson in preparation for the annual draft. Green Bay promoted him to director–football operations in 2008. McKenzie, 52, was an NFL linebacker for seven seasons (1985-90, 1992) before entering the coaching ranks. He joined Green Bay in 1994 as a pro personnel assistant, hired by former Raiders executive Ron Wolf, then-Executive Vice President/General Manager of the Packers. Wolf met McKenzie, then a University of Tennessee graduate assistant, while in Knoxville to scout future Raider Charlie Garner. Wolf promoted McKenzie to director of pro personnel in May 1997, after Green Bay won Super Bowl XXXI. Selected by the Silver and Black as a 10th-round draft pick out of Tennessee in 1985, McKenzie excelled in his first year, earning All-Rookie Team honors as the Raiders went 12-4 and won the AFC West. He started all 32 games over his first two seasons at inside linebacker. After four years (1985-88) with the Raiders, McKenzie spent two seasons (1989-90) with the Phoenix Cardinals and one year with the San Francisco 49ers (1992). Prior to signing with the 49ers, he played with the Montreal Machine of the World League of American Football (WLAF) in the spring of 1992. While out of football in 1991, McKenzie spent a season as a defensive coach for Dorsey High School in Los Angeles, helping the program to a CIF Los Angeles Section championship. In 1993, McKenzie returned to Tennessee and served as a coaching assistant under Phillip Fulmer. That year, the Volunteers appeared in the Florida Citrus Bowl and landed one of the nation’s top recruiting classes, highlighted by quarterback Peyton Manning. While back in Knoxville, McKenzie also pursued a master’s degree in education administration. Born in Knoxville, Tenn., on Feb. 8, 1963, McKenzie earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in personnel management at Tennessee. An all-state linebacker and a four-sport letterman at Austin-East High School in Knoxville, McKenzie was valedictorian of his 1981 graduating class, despite throwing the shot and discus for his track team, playing baseball (first base) and basketball (forward), and starting on both sides of the line on the gridiron. His twin brother, Raleigh, who also attended Tennessee and enjoyed a 16-year NFL career with four teams before retiring in 2001, joined his brother in the Raiders’ personnel department as a college scout in 2012. The McKenzie twins have a total of four Super Bowl rings between them. McKenzie and his wife, June, have two daughters, Jasmin Dolores, a 2014 graduate of Wheaton College with a degree in elementary education, and Mahkayla Mariah, a 2015 graduate of Duke University with a degree in civil engineering. He also has two sons, Reginald Kahlil, entering his freshman year at Tennessee, and Jalen Elijah, entering his junior year at Clayton Valley Charter High School. 29th season in NFL (7 as a player) 8th season with Raiders (4 as a player) Football Background YearS Team Position 1985-88 Los Angeles Raiders Linebacker 1989-90 Phoenix Cardinals Linebacker 1991 Dorsey H.S. (Los Angeles) Defensive Coach 1992 Montreal Machine (WLAF) Linebacker 1992 San Francisco 49ers Linebacker 1993 University of Tennessee Graduate Assistant/Defense 1994-96 Green Bay Packers Pro Personnel Assistant 1997-07 Green Bay Packers Director of Pro Personnel 2008-11 Green Bay Packers Director of Football Operations 2012-15 Oakland Raiders General Manager


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