Oakland Raiders: Draft Options at Quarterback

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Feb 23, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Eastern Illinois quarterback James Garoppolo (FL), Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback A.J. McCarron (L), Louisville Cardinals quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (R), and Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel (FR) look on during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Well Raiders Fans, it’s time to break down some Draft Prospect Quarterbacks.  The 2014 NFL Draft is looming on the horizon, and the questions continue to circle around the Oakland Raiders about the quarterback situation.  Rumors have the Raiders trading with the Houston Texans to acquire Matt Schaub, others have the Raiders going after Mark Sanchez, and still there are more placing Michael Vick and Josh Freeman on the Raiders radar.  The truth is, until a deal is struck, Raider Nation won’t know what to believe.

Then, there are the questions that involve Terrelle Pryor and Matt McGloin.  The ongoing debate on Twitter, Facebook, other Social Networking sites, and many media blogs, is who the best option at quarterback, currently on the roster, is for the Raiders.  The question was posed to Head Coach Dennis Allen recently and his response was, “I don’t know if the starting quarterback for the Raiders is currently on the roster right now.”  No offense to any Raider Nationers who love them some Terrelle Pryor or Matt McGloin, but I don’t think the current starter is on the roster either.  I’m not asking anyone to agree with my assessment, but I don’t think that Pryor is the style of quarterback that the Raiders want.  McGloin is an interesting Undrafted Free Agent find, but I don’t know that he will be the starter either.

The Raiders have been bolstering their offensive line in free agency.  This tells me that they want a straight up pocket-passing signal caller that can scramble out of trouble only when necessary.  Pryor tried to be that pocket passer, but it didn’t work out for him and he was pulled out of the lineup.  McGloin showed potential as a pocket passer, but he was inconsistent.  To me it’s obvious that the Raiders are looking to build an offense around a quarterback that can make an immediate impact, and they want a fallback plan in place.  This is why I don’t think it will involve Pryor or McGloin as starters.

Here’s what may and probably will happen.  A quarterback will be drafted by the Raiders.  The question is, first round or second round?  Three quarterbacks available in the draft have caught my eye, and I am going to focus on them.  I am not discounting any other quarterbacks abilities, but my research showed me three very likely targets the Raiders are set to bring onboard.  The three I speak of are Fresno State’s Derek Carr, UCF’s Blake Bortles, and Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel.  I will profile each player and provide some video evidence courtesy of YouTube.  I encourage each fan to do their own research on these players as well.  We may see them in Silver and Black this year.

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  • gary Adkins

    My opinion best QB option for us

  • Bob

    Carr is likely going to be a bust just like his brother. Did you see him in the bowl game against USC? I like Bortles, but believe he may be gone by the 5th pick.

  • PK

    I think all first round are over rated
    Watkins then second third round Qb

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Hey, I agree that he has a lot of learning to do, but I don’t think he’s like his brother. He’s ready.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Overrated yes. All depends on who they go after though. A lot of teams with QB needs

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Yes indeed. They have their list and will grab their best from their list

  • Arty G

    Get Mack baby!

  • tw

    How I do agree pryor needs work to refine his accuracy I like him as a player and he should be given a chance with a o-line

  • James Schroeder

    I think all of these quarterbacks could potentially be great NFL starters, with the right coaching in the right system. I think you’re absolutely right about Derek Carr. I think he’s the sleeper we might pick up by doing another trade down like last year thinking nobody will take him. The dudes numbers alone speak to his ability. If he could translate to the NFL that’s another story. We know Bridgwater can, Jonny football is a ?, and Like you said Blake will be gone by the 5th for sure. If they draft him number one then we know he’s not coming into compete but he will be a starter. If hey get him in the second round or later I would say he’ll probably be competing with Pryor and Mcgloin. But after what I’ve seen last year, we need more competition at quarterback. Do right by us Reggie. Go get the guy who’s going to best fit for your system and be a part of your plan for the future. No more bust like Tyler Wilson and one-hit wonder Matt Flynn.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    I like it. Great info, and thanks for commenting

  • Shane Schilperoort

    It’s too bad if we get rid of a playmaker like him, but there should only be one main QB. If only he’d switch to TE

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Mack would be awesome. If you’re talking about Khalil Mack that is. Mckenzie was at his Pro day, and since RMac used to be a LB himself, I’m sure there’s a reason why he was there. Problem is, I think Mack will be gone before 5th pick too

  • Mac Attack

    Trade down 5 picks or so draft Carr then fill all of our other holes with the extra draft picks. Please above all do not draft Manziel who I believe has the biggest danger of being a bust.

  • Rob Banks

    No secret the Raiders have more immediate needs than qb. I’d much rather they solidify the left side of the offensive line (baby steps) then address other needs after that. My faith in Penn is not great but he is at least serviceable and, if anything, adds much needed depth.

    Still, I hope the Raiders sell their 5th pick to the highest bidder. I don’t expect a Ricky Williams type swap at 5; however their first option should still be to trade down. Else, you take the best player available. Hopefully, that player is Sammy Watkins!

    Almost there…
    Go Raiders!

  • Bob

    If the Raiders pick up Schaub and his hefty contract there is no way they take a QB in the first round. Now the Raiders would be looking at a QB possibly not on your list.

  • mike

    Now that Schaub has been added, I think RM will have multiple scenarios at pick #5. All pending how the first 4 picks fall. I personally hope two of the big three QB’s will be there along with one of the OL guys and Mack. That would give us the preferred option of trading down with a team that wants one of those players. Stay in the top ten and gamble that Mack or OL guy is still there. If not then trade again out of the top ten and take Carr later in the 1st.

    If we stay at 5 then OL or Mack.

  • Carl Cockerham

    I see you!