Oakland Raiders under Reggie McKenzie continue to target foreign players

One of the more amusing connections between the players that GM Reggie McKenzie has drafted in his first two years has been that almost half of the players drafted were born in foreign countries.

Last year's draft included two such players – England's Jack Crawford and and Angola's Christo Bilukidi.

The trend continued yesterday when both of Reggie McKenzie's day 2 picks were players born abroad.

The Raiders second-round selection, OT Menelik Watson, is also from England.  In fact he once played basketball opposite last year's Brit, Jack Crawford, an unlikely coincidence.

The Raiders third round pick, LB Sio Moore spent most of his time growing up in Connecticut but he was born in Liberia before coming state side.

The reasoning for most of these is that Reggie is able to get physically gifted athletes who fall farther than their talents would indicate because they are more raw than their American counterparts who have played football from a young age.

The draft continues at 12pm ET today and the Raiders have the third pick if they do not trade down.

Asher Mathews

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