ALAMEDA -- The Raiders were studying defensive tackle Stacy McGee a lot more closely than McGee was studying the Raiders.
"I hadn't really heard much from them," McGee said Saturday on the second day of the Raiders rookie minicamp. "I talked to them at the combine a few times but that was really it."
A sixth-round draft pick out of Oklahoma, McGee's selection was as surprise in that he came with the kind of baggage which made him a an unlikely choice for the Raiders under general manager Reggie McKenzie and coach Dennis Allen.
There was a DUI arrest, a citation for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, plus suspensions for breaking team rules which were not specified by Oklahoma. McKenzie has talked often of drafting players of character, who are willing to work and ready to play.
"That was something from the past, and something I'm looking to move forward from, to grow as a person, become a man," McGee said.
Allen said the Raiders have talked in depth with McGee about what is expected of him.
"Guys are going to make mistakes," Allen said. "Nobody's perfect. When we did our research on him, we felt like he was a guy to whom we wanted to give a second opportunity.
"We've had a lot of conversations. I think he understands the mistakes he's made. He's ready to learn and move on from it. I think if he can do that, there might be a football player there for us."
McGee said his initial talks with McKenzie and Raiders coaches at the combine were little more than simply letting them see "everything they heard wasn't me. It was just mistakes I've made."
The hope is getting away from home will be part of the maturation process.
"Getting away from my family, changing my life and the people I'm around will help a lot," McGee said.
Once McGee is full-speed -- he's recovering from a foot injury -- Allen sees a potentially imposing presence in the middle of the defense.
"He's got really good size and strength, and he moves really well," Allen said. "I think he has got really good ability to to stop the run. Pass rush is an area he can improve on, but he's a guy I'm anxious to see when he really gets a chance to get out there and work."
McGee conceded he really doesn't know a lot about the Raiders and their tradition.
"I don't know much," McGee said. "But I'm learning."