Oakland Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski understands the Raiders have a long way to go before they join the NFL's elite, but likes the moves they are making. Janikowski, while promoting the American Century Championship, a celebrity golf tournament he will be participating in on July 19-21, said he likes what Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie is doing with the team.
Janikowski said that while he expects some of the Raiders high draft picks to contribute immediately, he also knows that the Raiders "have a lot of holes to fill." Janikowski went on to say that he understands that the rebuilding process won't be "an overnight thing."
Specifically, Janikowski liked that Oakland traded down in the first round to acquire extra picks in a move to address more of their team needs. The Raiders traded the No .3 overall pick in the draft to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for the No. 12 and No. 42 picks in the draft. Oakland selected Houston cornerback D.J. Hayden and Florida State offensive tackle Menelik Watson with those picks. Prior to the trade the Raiders did not hold a pick in the second round of the 2013 draft.
Janikowski has spent his entire 13-year NFL career with the Raiders. In each of his first three seasons in the league, Oakland made the playoffs, but they have failed to make it back since 2002. Despite the Raiders' futility, Janikowski has become the highest-scoring player in franchise history with 1,389 points, over 500 more than any other Raider.