Projected Starter: Jason Campbell
It was an up and down first year in Silver and Black for JC. The man tapped to wash the stench of JaMarcus off of the franchise found it tough to overcome Tom Cable’s affinity for Bruce Gradkowski. By season’s end Campbell proved to be not only the best option but the healthiest as well.
Campbell’s ability to sell play-action better used car salesmen flip Honda Civics was among the most useful weapons in Hue Jackson’s offensive arsenal. While he still clutches onto the rock far too long, JC is the workaholic leader this franchise has so badly needed at QB. This could be the most pivotal year of Campbell’s career. If he can get his team into the postseason he’ll undoubtedly be given a new contract. Another up and down year could mean he might be seeking employment elsewhere once again.
Campbell’s Stock Rating: B
Backup: Kyle Boller
So impressed with Boller were the Raiders that they gave him a hefty pay raise to stay on board. With Gradkowski out of the picture and Charlie Frye’s status still unknown, Boller could be the man behind the man. This is good news for Campbell who should be able to breathe easy knowing Boller is not nearly the threat Bruce Almighty was. But this could prove to be a risky move by the Raiders. Boller has never been able to live up to his draft status and he played sparingly in 2010. He’s got the arm Al Davis loves but lacks the intangibles necessary to be a reliable starter in the NFL.
Boller’s Stock Rating: D+
Potential Draft Picks: Ryan Mallett, Arkansas; T.J. Yates, North Carolina
Mallet is Al’s wet dream. He’s a huge QB (6’7”) with a huge arm. Mallet is very unpolished and will be an NFL project. If QB is a priority for Oakland then they’ll likely have to spend their first pick in the draft (48th overall) on Mallet if he’s still on the board.
Yates could be the steal of the draft. Largely overlooked during his time at UNC, Yates has an impressive arm and terrific downfield accuracy. This could be a great value pick for Oakland as Yates isn’t projected to come off the board until the 7th round.
Silver and Black Quarterback Stock Rating: C+
This stock could be upgraded depending on how comfortable Campbell looks in camp now that he’s the incumbent starter. Boller impressed last preseason but looked very shaky under center during the few reps he took in the regular season. Depending on how the draft shakes down, we could be getting a look at a new Silver and Black signal caller as well.