Feb 23, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders 2014 NFL Draft: Which Round Should Raiders Draft a Quarterback?


The Terrelle Pryor era appears to be over in Oakland. It was fun, exciting, yet disappointing all at the same time. It has been reported Pryor could be traded by next Monday. What the Raiders could get in return for Pryor is up for speculation, but either way all signs point to his departure.

With Pryor out of the picture, it becomes very apparent Reggie McKenzie and the Raiders will opt to draft a quarterback in the 2014 NFL Draft.

The 2014 Draft is an interesting case, of no surefire Top-5 picks at the position, but many intriguing candidates who could surprise or fail to live up to expectations in the NFL.

Here is my current Big Board for the Top Ten QB’s in the 2014 NFL Draft.

#1Johnny Manziel Top 10
#2Teddy BridgewaterTop 10
#3AJ McCarronLate 1st Rd
#4 Blake BortlesMid 2nd Rd
#5Derek CarrMid 2nd Rd
#6David Fales3rd Rd
#7Tom Savage3rd Rd
#8Aarron Murray4th Rd
#9Zach Mettenberger4th Rd
#10Jimmy Garoppolo4th Rd

As you can see I do not have any Quarterback worthy of a Top-5 pick. That does not mean a QB will not go in the Top-5, as the Quarterback is one position teams will reach on.

Teddy Bridgewater was my top QB, and still is very high on my board. Teddy’s game tape is so smooth, efficient, and shows every attribute you could want from a QB. Yet his offseason has been marred by rumors, questions, and doubts. His Pro-Day concerned me, not from a throwing or accuracy standpoint, but rather from a lack of calm under pressure. Bridgewater seemed rattled by the bright lights and media exposure of his Pro-Day. Was it just a fluke? Hopefully, but do you really want a QB afraid of the bright lights?

I love Johnny Football, and would love to see him in a Raider uniform. I’ve heard time and again, Manziel is not what the Raiders and Dennis Allen are looking for in a Quarterback. WTF!

What NFL Team is not looking for a play-making, exciting, passionate QB who is a proven winner? I may eat these words, but I am sold on Johnny Football, he is Cam Newton short.

My big riser during the Draft Season has been AJ McCarron. I hate Alabama QB’s, hell after Rolando McClain I’m not a fan of many prospects coming out of ‘Bama.

McCarron in my estimation can break the mold. He is has the size, intelligence, and toughness needed in the NFL. I think he is a safe game-managing QB, with enough tools to grow and become elite if put in the right position. McCarron has grown on me, plus his gorgeous fiance would look great in Raider gear.

With the rest of the QB prospects I see a lot of great qualities, but I also see some serious concerns. The rest of the bunch should be considered projects.

Here some quick thoughts on the rest:

  • Derek Carr has been linked to the Raiders a lot this offseason, but the competition he faced in college, as well as his accuracy under pressure concern me. I see Kyle Boller, or at best the overrated Matthew Stafford.
  • Blake Bortles looks the part, but watching him at UCF, he was just a guy. UCF ran a run first offense and asked Bortles to make the safe throws. Bortles has potential, but can he meet it?
  • The more I watch Jimmy Garroppolo, the more I realize he may have to drastically change the way he throws in the NFL. His release point is really low. He has the fastest trigger, but if the ball is constantly being tipped at the line of scrimmage, whats the point. Not a fan of his deep ball either.
  • Fales and Murray are sleepers, have all the tools, just need the right situation to succeed.
  • Mettenberger is a statue who can throw. Played with two top-flight WR’s at LSU who may have made up for some accuracy issues.
  • The current man of the hour is Tom Savage. His agent has worked magic this offseason. If his character checks out, sure, but C’mon man, from Undraftable to 1st or 2nd rd? I can’t see it.

So where do the Raiders stand regarding the QB position? What would be the best round for the Raiders to Draft a possible QB of the Future?

Which Round Should the Raiders Select a QB

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Matt Schaub is currently an insurance policy in my eyes. Similar to Matt Flynn, Reggie traded for Schaub to be the starter, with a hope of bringing in a young QB to groom.

Many people have ruled out the first round with regards to the Raiders passing on a passer. I would agree. An impact player is needed right away in Oakland, and there should be a number of impact players outside of the QB position still available at #5.

While the 3rd round would be ideal for me, Reggie McKenzie may have to start the run on quarterbacks with his 2nd round pick. Waiting until the 3rd, is a risk if in fact the Raiders have their eyes on a certain QB.

From most mock drafts, that would mean possibly losing out on selecting McCarron, Mettenberger, Savage, and Garroppolo, who have been projected by some as surefire 2nd rounders.

If the Raiders decide to wait on a QB, they may find the cupboard a bit bare. A lower level QB like Keith Wenning, Logan Thomas, or Jeff Matthews could be had in the 3rd or 4th rounds, which would not be a great value and a bit of a reach.

What do you think?

Check back for updated poll results.



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  • K Hendricks

    Derek Carr wherever we can get him.Preferably in round two or at 25 if possible.

  • Chris Schroeder

    I have mixed feelings about Johnny football. I too would love to see him in a Raider uniform, but I honestly think Matt Schaub is the guy the next 2 to 3 years. I think he is going to do great things for us so whoever they get behind Schaub will have to be a developmental quarterback under Schaub’s wing. Here is where I am torn. I think Johnny football will sell out every seat in that stadium and bring people to their feet without question. The problem is I just don’t think he is NFL ready and will need to sit behind somebody for at least a year or two and the minute Matt Schaub throws an interception everybody will be screaming Johnny football Johnny football Johnny football and it will become a distraction. A distraction I think the rebuilding organization doesn’t need, and suppose Matt Schaub doesn’t pan out and they throw Johnny football into the fire. His lineup is going to consist of eight playoff teams from last year including the Seahawks and 49ers which were ranked number one and two in defense. Unless the Raiders can somehow draft Greg Robinson to give him some protection I’m just not sold hundred percent on the O-linemen that they brought in until I see how they compete against these top defenses. In other words Johnny football’s career might be over before it even begins if he comes to Oakland just based on that possible theory. But damn if he ain’t fascinating to watch. I say the Raiders draft Mack at 5, and pick up David fales in the later rounds.

  • Kenny Oliver

    I agree, depending on who is available at #5 I think the best option is to trade down. Depending on where they trade to they could get him in the 2nd round or middle to late first. Top ten pick may be to much a reach for him but anything after 15 seems good. As a big Fresno Fan I have watched Carr a lot and I think he is going to be a pretty good NFL QB.

  • John Thomas Hurdle II

    See this is what I am talking about. We signed Trent, and some other dude, and then we have McGloin as well as Pryor in the fold. Now Pryor been in the league for 3 year now this will be 4. But if he was not forced out of College for the selling his jersey and taking money to help his mom. He would have been a Rookie last year. But he been in the league 3 years with 3 different OC. Then you trade for a QB that been in longer but Pryor beat him out if thought the GM and the Head coach don’t want him. He got hurt and a bad rep. But the coaches new the front line was weak. But you say Pryor and McGloin was the problem. If so why not keep the same front line? So I say why gamble on a QB when you have a star with Pryor. He won in college. If nothing else keep him though this year and let him go for back-up. Because he will not start in no other team right now. Everyone has a starter. Even Jacksonville. I bet you Pryor could beat out any of the Rookies. He was the talk of the college rankings before he got in the troubles which NCAA is in a battle about today. So it was not that serious. Everyone say he run first but with that front line he had no choice. Ask Matt Flynn or McGloin. Please look at Pryor drop back and count how quick the front line broke down. he holding until someone come open or he run and dump off. No run Game for support. If you let him go 3 years from now you be once again saying Raiders got nothing for a great player.

    I say McGloin and Pryor will be the better this year than last. They both have a year in the same system. But if I must draft this year and for the pocket QB I would go with Mettenberger. He has a year on PUP. So first 6 games he can’t play. But I would keep Pryor and let him show his talents behind a good front line and get more for him then. Also if Schub should falter (I do not believe he will) Pryor will be better this year with his training.

  • Mark from Section 122

    Bridgewater could be another Jamarcus Russell with his attitude. I say get Manziel, but there doesn’t seem to be any way Mckenzie or Allen will make that call. My favorite QB group for the Raiders would be Pryor, Manziel, and Tebow. Then let the fun begin as they compete in camp. At this point since we are apparently stuck with DA and RM and their ideas regarding team building and the QB position, build the line and defense, wait for another year to get a QB in the draft, or try to get a decent one deeper in.

  • A M R

    If AJ slips down into the third round, they should draft him. He is a perfect quarterback for developing over a couple years. The system he played in at Alabama suites that of a run first mentality in order to set up big play action throws. AJ doesn’t have a problem with that and knows how to lead a winning team most of all. Develop him, let him adjust for a year or two… then he will be perfect for taking the reins in Oakland.

  • A M R

    Watch Carr vs USC in the Las Vegas Bowl (2014) again, then you’ll think twice about Carr. Very inaccurate with lazy feet. The best thing about him is his arm strength and size. He will need time to develop to the NFL more so than others in this draft. Potential may be there (and that’s a big MAYBE) if he were to develop well.

  • A M R

    Pryor is not the answer to the problem. The issue is a severe need for a quarterback who will sit in the pocket and throw efficiently while being a leader. Does Pryor fit those needed qualities? No. Pryor will drop back and look to his first read, get jittery, then dart off. We need someone who can drop back, stand tall in the pocket and deliver accurate strikes. Schaub is coming off of a bad season and is looking to redeem himself, I get that. However, I don’t think he is the long term solution. A quarterback needs to be developed for the future and Schaub, he can provide the veteran leadership. I say go with AJ in the third or fourth to be an apprentice for the future.

  • A M R

    I agree with you about Johnny, he isn’t a guy who will wait. Schaub is a temporary fix, but a quarterback to be developed looks like it is in the cards. For now the Raiders have made enough free agency signings to make the defense slightly better.
    Scenario: The first pick looks to be an offensive linemen to protect the invested-in Matt Schaub. I like Greg Robinson or Jake Matthews, both are NFL ready in size and skill. Both linemen could protect Schaub and could become valuable assets later in the future. As for the following rounds a wide-receiver would be ideal for the second round, perhaps Odell Beckham Jr. or Marquise Lee, in compliment to free agent Jones, if they are available. Going into the third round I feel it is important to pick a the developing quarterback for the future here, and that is AJ McCarron. Perfect for developing behind a veteran quarterback and has all the raw assets to become a great team leader down the road… good mechanics, patients, and accuracy. By round four and the more glaring offensive needs attended to, there still would be some defensive guys worth looking into. I like the instinctive Christian Jones out of FSU who is athletic and could be an immediate impact in a linbacking core that needs to prove themselves, or taking a long shot on hard hitting safety Reynolds out of Stanford (has coverage issues) for a later pick to learn from the current vets. (IF DT Will Sutton out of ASU slips a couple rounds get him) But, hey… it’s anybody’s guess right?

    Round – Pick:
    1 Greg Robinson / Jake Matthews
    2 Odell Beckam Jr. / Marquise Lee
    3 AJ McCarron
    4 Christian Jones

  • John Thomas Hurdle II

    I like Mettenberger over A.J. Pryor would sit in the pocket if you have a front line that can hold up. But this year you have Ware, on one side and Von Miller behind him or on the other side with Smith. Any QB sitting in Pocket will be lunch. So a mobile QB is needed. Or we need a Receiver that can win at the line. We don’t have that right now. So Pryor is needed. Count how many pocket passer are in the league today? I say 6-7 Mannings, Brady, Dalton, Palmer, Fitzpatrick, I guess Hene. If you say Rivers then 8 . I hate this guy it is the talent around him. Rest are Mobile maybe not as quick but mobile. So Pryor with a great front line and A power running game bullying Defense.

  • Ecade

    Great Comment with a 2nd and 3rd string line No Healthy Running backs Pryor completed 58% of his passes 3 wins , With a healthy Line and a Healthy Jennings Mcgolin completed 55% of his pass with 1 win .. ..

  • Ecade

    No Pocket to sit in !!

  • A M R

    Pryor is gone as far as other reports go, and Schaub can beat out Pryor. Mettenberger and AJ both had a lot of talent around them, but what the difference between the two is that Mettenberger may have the arm strength but AJ has the accuracy and ideal style of play suited for a pro system.
    As much as mobility may be valued, quarterbacks still need to stay within the pocket and throw (i.e. Russel Wilson, Cam Newton, or Colin Kaepernick All can run but still need to throw). Also I believe Stafford, Foles, Locker, Ponder, Freeman, Cutler, Roethlisberger.. are all pass first. Quarterbacks need to pass. Can Pryor make the necessary needs? I think not.

  • A M R

    Not yet at least, building one from free agency and the draft seems to be happening… and Pryor could not sit in a pocket as well as Schaub.

  • Ecade

    I don’t care who you are nobody is sitting in the Pocket with the O-line Pryor played with Including heavy feet Schaub ..

  • A M R

    …and Pryor is notorious for being a passing QB?

  • Ecade

    What are you talking about nobody said that ?

  • A M R

    Even if Pryor had a line to stand behind he couldn’t produce, he’s not suited for staying in the pocket and sticking to throwing.

  • Ecade

    Your Opinion , I think he can Produce .

  • A M R

    Well, now he is the Seahawks’, now time to focus on Schaub.

  • Ecade

    Good for Pryor now he’s with a Real Head Coach ..

  • A M R

    He’s the Seahawk’s scout Kaepernick…

  • Ecade

    You watch to much tv , but if he is good for him he will develop good playing against that defense , but I’m done going back and forth with you about Pryor , I have my opinion and you have yours ..

  • sickoe47

    Draft aj mccarron reggie!!! Do it!!!