Raiders won’t consider a quarterback in the first-round?
Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie is quite indecisive when it comes to quarterbacks for his team. In just over a year, we saw Carson Palmer, Terrelle Pryor, Matt Flynn, and Matt McGloin all start games for the Raiders. He also traded and cut Flynn, drafted Tyler Wilson and cut him, traded Pryor, and then traded for Matt Schaub. Head coach Dennis Allen has already named Schaub the starter for 2014.
So, with the position somewhat stabilized with Schaub, does this mean the Raiders won’t consider a Blake Bortles or a Johnny Manziel with the fifth pick in the draft, even though Schaub lost his job in Houston and appears to be on a decline?
“What [trading for Schaub] does is just give us some stability at that position, and we needed that,” McKenzie said Thursday, via Tafur. “Because we traded for Schaub does that mean we’re going to bypass a [quarterback] that we’ve got graded a certain way? No.”
And maybe McKenzie’s serious about that. Just because they team reportedly isn’t interested in Bortles or Manziel doesn’t mean they don’t like someone else. Like, say, Derek Carr, who played at Fresno St. and could go in the first round.
Translation: the Raiders could, and may still take a quarterback, just not at 5. If they trade down, quarterback remains an option, but it makes more sense to stay at 5 and take a Sammy Watkins, Khalil Mack, or Jake Matthews to solidify other positions. But, like I mentioned earlier, McKenzie has a propensity to keep putting quarters into the quarterback carousel, so nothing is out of the question come draft day.