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Raiders have quiet day with no 1st-round pick
By JOSH DUBOW
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders had a quiet first day of the NFL draft with no pick in the first round.
New general manager Reggie McKenzie did not trade into the first round Thursday and will have to wait another day to make the team's first pick since the death of longtime owner Al Davis.
The Raiders traded their first-round pick and a conditional 2013 second-rounder to Cincinnati in October for quarterback Carson Palmer. The Bengals drafted Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick with Oakland's 17th overall pick.
McKenzie even had time to leave the draft room during the proceedings to get a glass of lemonade.
"I just want you guys to know we took Carson Palmer," McKenzie said.
This is the second straight year Oakland didn't have a first-round pick, having dealt last year's to New England for Richard Seymour. The Raiders have just five picks in the draft. The first one comes at the end of Friday's third round at 95th overall. That is one of three compensatory picks Oakland received for losing free agents last summer.
The Raiders also have compensatory picks at the end of the fourth and fifth rounds and their own picks in the fifth and sixth rounds to be used Saturday. Oakland cannot trade any of its compensatory picks.
The Raiders previously traded a second-rounder during last year's draft to New England for the picks to draft running back Taiwan Jones and offensive lineman Joe Barksdale, used a third-rounder to take quarterback Terrelle Pryor in last summer's supplemental draft, dealt a fourth-rounder in 2010 to Washington for quarterback Jason Campbell and a seventh-rounder to Seattle last October for linebacker Aaron Curry.
McKenzie had success with later picks when he worked in the personnel department with the Green Bay Packers, helping the franchise build two Super Bowl-winning teams.
McKenzie said his focus in this year's draft is adding needed depth throughout the roster. Oakland's biggest needs are in the secondary, defensive line, linebacker, tight end and running back.
Updated April 26, 2012