Oakland Raiders meeting with quarterbacks ahead of 2019 NFL Draft
By Sanjit T.
The Oakland Raiders are doing their due diligence in terms of the draft prospects in the 2019 NFL Draft, but what does it all mean?
Most NFL teams are doing there due-diligence on the top QB prospects in this draft class, and the Oakland Raiders are no different. According to Adam Schefter, the Oakland Raiders are doing the same, as they are scheduled to meet with Dwayne Haskins in Ohio:
Last year the Raiders brought in Maurice Hurst, Arden Key and P.J. Hall for visits, and as you know, all of those players are now Raiders. So with rumors that Jon Gruden loves Kyler Murray and the Raiders setting up a meeting with Dwayne Haskins, can it be true that the Raiders are ready to move on from Derek Carr?
I’d say No. I believe this is all a smokescreen.
Think about this scenario. There is a strong possibility Kyler Murray goes in the top 3, and if he does, the only first round Quarterback left on the board is Dwayne Haskins. If a team truly believes Jon Gruden is interested in drafting Haskins, it’ll give Gruden more leverage to trade the 4th pick away to a team that really wants Haskins.
Last year the Raiders also spoke with some of the top quarterbacks in the draft, during the combine process. I believe because of these meetings, teams might have believe Gruden was ready to draft a quarterback. I believe this is why we were able to get 3 picks from the Arizona Cardinals in a draft day trade.
I actually believe the Cardinals are doing what Gruden did to them last year. I believe the rumors the Cardinals are taking Murray number one is also a smokescreen. However, If Gruden is able to get a team to jump up again and give us multiple picks, it’ll be worth the private meetings with these top Quarterbacks.