Laura A. Oda/Bay Area News Group Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie says they’ll stick to their board tomorrow; coach Jack Del Rio may have been more truthful.
ALAMEDA — The Raiders addressed their secondary in the first round, albeit with a controversial pick of Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley.
Expect them to keep leaning on the defensive side of the ball when the Raiders hit the clock for two more picks in the second and third rounds on Friday.
“We’re going to still follow our board,” Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said. “We know our needs, but we will not let a great player slip by just to satisfy a need. We will follow our board, that’s for sure. There’s a lot of good players left. We’re expecting a good day (Friday).”
Linebacker would be at the top of the board, if the Raiders were to consider drafting just a little for need. And while McKenzie insisted that’s how the Raiders operate, coach Jack Del Rio may have dropped a little hint that’s not always true.
“A lot of us guys say that this time of year though, don’t we?,” Del Rio cracked.
The Raiders again hold the 24th pick in both the second round (No. 56 overall) and third round (No. 88) when the draft resumes at 4 p.m.
The best remaining player on the board, per ESPN, is Western Kentucky guard Forrest Lamp. NFL.com meanwhile pegs Alabama tackle Cam Robinson as the top available option.
While the Raiders could use a tackle for the future — and maybe even present — their smartest play remains to target some talent on the defensive side of the ball.
— Rumblings about a “huge block party” for Marshawn Lynch involving “thousands of crazy fans” proved grossly exaggerated Thursday. There was indeed a Beast Mode bash, but it was a private affair for family and friends.
TMZ reported earlier Thursday that “the party will take over 3 city blocks surrounding Marshawn’s Beast Mode Apparel store near downtown.” Instead, the party took place at a private residence several miles away from the Beast Mode store.
A pair of Bay Area News Group reporters visited the private event but Lynch himself politely turned them away, saying no media was allowed. Stay tuned: There could be a public event on the horizon for fans to celebrate the Oakland native’s new contract.