Round 4, Pick 23 (No. 129) – David Sharpe, OT, Florida
Tackle was a major need even before former Raiders right tackle Menelik Watson left via free agency.
McKenzie decided to try to fill the need with former Florida tackle David Sharpe, a projected second or third round pick. Oakland was able to grab him in the fourth round.
He may have fallen in the draft because of a rumor that he was legally blind in his right eye. Sharpe has gone on to deny those accusations.
David Sharpe: report of him being blind in his right eye is completely false…said he had a cataract removed as a kid…says vision is fine
— Scott Bair (@BairNBCS) April 29, 2017
Nonetheless, his eyesight should not be an issue on the football field making him a valuable addition to the offensive line come this fall.
Round 5, Pick 24 (No. 168) – Marquel Lee, LB, Wake Forest
Former Wake Forest linebacker Marquel Lee is nothing to write home about but will end up competing for the starting MLB position this season.
There is nothing wrong with the player or the pick, for no one should expect much from a fifth round pick immediately. However, McKenzie has not done anything to fix the poor linebacker corps from a season ago.
Middle linebacker Perry Riley Jr, the one bright spot, posted a Pro Football Focus Grade of 84.8 and is yet to be resigned for next year.
Even with Riley, linebacker was a major weakness and McKenzie hasn’t done anything to make the team better at that position.
The pick itself is fine, but there is a worry about the position this pick is intending to fill, but McKenzie was the 2016 executive of the year for a reason.
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