2014 NFL Draft: 5 QBs the Oakland Raiders Could Target
5 QBs the Oakland Raiders Could Use
Following the 2013 NFL season, it’s easy to understand the Oakland Raiders’ desire for a new quarterback. That’s why they need to address the position via the upcoming 2014 NFL Draft, an event that will offer a number of intriguing prospects.
Throughout the 2013 campaign, the Raiders suffered from insufficient quarterback play.
Terrelle Pryor was handed the reins to start the season, but major inconsistency, large amounts of turnovers and injuries forced him to the bench. Matt Flynn took over for one game, and was released shortly after one of the worst quarterback performances of the year. Undrafted rookie Matt McGloin started down the stretch, but also suffered from inconsistency.
While there’s still some future intrigue with both Pryor and McGloin, the Raiders don’t have the time to wait for projects to pay off. They need a quarterback capable of winning games now, which is why drafting a new gunslinger should be one of the top priorities this offseason.
The Raiders need a proven winner capable of bringing a new dimension to the offense. They saw what type of excitement Pryor and his athleticism brought to the table while he was starting, but his inconsistency as a passer was too much to overcome. Oakland needs to find a quarterback who can throw the football efficiently as well as move the chains with his feet.
With that in mind, here’s a look at five quarterbacks the Raiders should take a serious look at when the 2014 NFL Draft rolls around in May.
Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois
While Lynch is far from a solution to the Raiders’ quarterback conundrum, he’s the type of playmaker the Silver and Black love to draft. The former Saluki has a questionable NFL arm and might be better suited at a different position, but he’s the type of player who excels with the ball in his hands. Seeing how Raiders fans reacted to the spark that Pryor brought to the field early in the 2013 campaign, there’s no reason to believe fans would get mad if Oakland spent a late-rounder on Lynch.
Brett Hundley, UCLA
Another big, athletic quarterback with plenty of physical tools, Hundley is still uncertain to be a part of the 2014 class. The redshirt sophomore offers plenty to be excited about, though. On top of his outstanding size and athleticism, Hundley displays a strong arm with good accuracy. His biggest question mark is his decision marking, which is largely due to his lack of experience. If he does opt to go pro in 2014, the Raiders should seriously consider adding the UCLA product to their roster.
Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech
Another late-round option, Thomas went into the 2012 campaign as one of the most highly-touted quarterback prospects in the nation. A poor junior season that saw him struggle mightily with the mental aspects of the position, however, severely plummeted his stock. The physical tools that had scouts drooling before 2012 are still there, though. If the Raiders are willing to spend a late-round pick on Thomas, they’d get a potential-laden project with the tools to be a starter in the NFL.
Derek Carr, Fresno State
Seeing as the Raiders have the No. 5 overall pick, there should be plenty of quarterback options when they finally get on the clock in the first round. The first of their serious considerations should be Carr, arguably the top senior passer of the 2014 class. The brother of former No. 1 overall pick David Carr, the former Bulldog has all of the tools to be a starter in Oakland. He’s shown outstanding poise, a NFL-capable arm and enough athleticism to make plays with his feet. A terrific prospect for Oakland.
Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
It’s hard not to imagine Manziel and the Raiders being a great fit. A proven winner with the athleticism and escapability to create sparks at the next level, the Texas A&M product has taken the football world by storm over the last two years. While I personally believe No. 5 is too high for Manziel, the Raiders would have no problem picking him there if he’s their guy. If Oakland fans enjoyed watching Pryor make plays with his feet, the Black Hole might give CenturyLink Field a run for its money with Manziel under center.