Dec 31, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) reacts to the sideline against the Duke Blue Devils during the second quarter in the 2013 Chick-fil-a Bowl at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Oakland Raiders to not select a quarterback in first round of 2014 Draft

Fans of the Oakland Raiders apparently will be able to deduct at least one position from the long list of possibilities when it comes to general manager Reggie McKenzie’s fifth overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft on Thursday in New York City. According to reports, fans will at least know that the team will not be in the running for any of the quarterbacks. At least not in the first round at the very least.

Top Oakland Raiders insider Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle reports the Raiders aren’t considering drafting either of the top two quarterbacks, Johnny Manziel or Blake Bortles or even the likes of Teddy Bridgewater and Derek Carr with the fifth overall pick.

Earlier in the offseason Raiders general manager had this to say about the Raiders quarterback situation leading into the draft. Claiming that the addition of veteran Matt Schaub wouldn’t mean passing up on a quarterback should the front office and scouts of the team feel that there was a passer worthy of the fifth selection of the draft.

“Because we traded for Schaub does that mean we’re going to bypass a [quarterback] that we’ve got graded a certain way? No,” McKenzie said way back in the early stages of free agency.

Based on Tafur’s report the Raiders seem to be more interested in building their team before making any plans at taking a large risk on a first round quarterback, one that McKenzie may never have to make. With Schaub in place the team can find a quarterback that falls outside of the first round quite easily and allow him to develop for the time being, a factor that makes it no surprise that the Raiders will be looking to add talent that can make an impact right away in the first round.



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  • KloverJane

    I see what you did there. To not….

  • RaiderJohn

    Smoke screen at its finest!! I truly believe Reggie would not let TB or JM pass them at number 5. The feather in their cap is if they can trade down a few spots and TB is still available in that draft slot. I’d be shocked if Reggie didn’t make it happen. Remember, Reggie has indicated early on that TB is “NFL Ready” and was the only QB he would take with a first round pick, you can add JM in that mix. Although, TB and JM should sit and learn for a couple of years, TB or JM could be insurance at the position should MS miss some games due to injury.

  • raidernation

    Take Manziel out of your vocabulary there no way they’re draft him even if he still on the board … the only way we stay @ 5th pick is if Watkins , Mack r still there .. if they’re gone the Raiders will trade down…..

  • rob

    These “journalists” are so hard up for stories, they are now taking opinions made by other journalists and making them seem like fact. It is Vic Tafur’s opinion that the Raiders will not take a qb. Common….

  • Ricky Bobby

    You’re a sad case, it is NO SECRET THIS REGIME IS FASCINATED WITH SCHAUB & MM, they are not about to DRAFT A QB THAT WILL BEAT OUT SCHAUB or MM playa.

  • Raider Grant

    Just say no to QB in 2014!!! Go Raiders!!!

  • Eric Kench

    Not surprising. I thought they had a good value pick in Tyler Wilson when they took him in last year’s draft. Why would they bother doing it again? The Raiders will take Sammy Watkins if he’s available. Building a strong WR corps will resurrect Schaub’s career.

  • Ryan Pierce

    Im pretty sure drafting a qb with the 5th pick was never even an option. I sincerely hope that Derek carr falls to us in the 2nd round though. That guy is the gem of the draft.

  • Ryan Pierce

    Agree 100%

  • RaiderJohn

    The Raiders are drafting for the future, one of these young studs are their future, and if available will not slide past them. With MS onboard, it gives them time to learn, figure out playing the position at the Pro level.