With the Oakland Raiders’ upcoming quarterback competition shrouded in uncertainty, any and every spot on the depth chart is up for grabs. That’s exactly why undrafted rookie Matt McGloin is one worth watching when Raiders training camp kicks off on July 25.
A former walk-on at Penn State who became one of the best quarterbacks to ever play for the storied program, McGloin slipped through the cracks after questions about his size (6’1’’, 207 pounds) and turnovers forced NFL scouts to look elsewhere.
Roll the tape back, though, and you’ll see an intriguing young quarterback with the passing chops to potentially develop into a quality NFL arm. Just ask wide receiver Allen Robinson, who will miss the other half of Penn State’s dynamic duo this upcoming season.
While McGloin does struggle at times with accuracy and throwing into traffic, he possesses the arm to make the majority of the throws expected from an NFL quarterback – can’t say the same for current Raiders starter Matt Flynn. He isn’t a scrambling quarterback by any means, but moves around in the pocket well and knows when it pull it down and pick up what he can with his feet. When Penn State was suffering from the most turbulent time in school history, McGloin put the team on his back and helped pave the way to an unexpected 8-4 record in 2012.
Now with the Raiders, the undrafted rookie couldn’t have asked for a better situation to be in. With Flynn lightly penciled in as the starter, Terrelle Pryor still showing little signs of having an NFL arm and rookie Tyler Wilson coming off a lackluster senior season, McGloin is facing reasonable odds of earning a spot on the Raiders’ 53-man roster.
While some see the cloudiness of the Raiders’ quarterback situation as an indication of the position’s poor talent level, an optimistic view would see it as a prime opportunity for an underrated passer to earn an extension on his football career.
McGloin might never be a starting-caliber NFL quarterback, but he’s a young arm attached to a big heart and an intelligent brain. There’s potential in the Penn State product, and the Raiders can use every bit of potential they can get their hands on.