Rather than being proactive with the third pick in the NFL draft Thursday, Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie is sitting back and letting the draft come to him.

In a news conference Tuesday, McKenzie said he has been on the phone with potential trade suitors but that he wasn't the one doing the dialing.

"We're just feeling around right now," McKenzie said. "Nothing is concrete ... just peripheral conversations."

A year after there were nine trades involving first-round picks, only the Minnesota Vikings and New York Jets have made moves so far, getting additional first-round selections in exchange for Percy Harvin (to Seattle) and Darrelle Revis (to Tampa Bay).

Having dealt their second-round pick to Cincinnati for Carson Palmer in 2011, the Raiders have been speculated as a potential trade partner for a team looking to move up.

As it stands, the Raiders don't have another pick until the third round, No. 66 overall, after they pick at No. 3.

"We'll do whatever helps the Raiders the most," McKenzie said. "If it's staying there and making the pick, we'll weigh that against what's on the floor. In some cases, the offer may be too good to pass up."

Getting an additional pick or picks would fall in line with McKenzie's philosophy of building from within. Asked about the perception that the Raiders resemble an expansion team given their salary cap situation and roster, McKenzie didn't disagree but said, "To say we're just going to take our lumps and play ball, that's not the goal here. The goal here is to compete and win games."