This offseason, the Oakland Raiders must address the quarterback position if they plan on being relevant during the 2014 campaign. Apparently, they have their sights set on Fresno State gunslinger Derek Carr during the 2014 NFL Draft.
According to Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times, the Raiders have Carr high on their draft board and could be targeting him with their first-round pick in May.
There’s plenty of reason for the Raiders to liken Carr as their quarterback of the future. The Fresno State product has a big arm, tremendous athleticism and the understanding of the game needed to be a starter in the NFL. There are some questions about his inconsistent footwork and placement on throws, but the overall package that Carr brings is one of true intrigue.
While many Oakland fans would argue otherwise, the Raiders simply can’t continue to settle on Matt McGloin or Terrelle Pryor as their starting quarterback. Both suffered from poor seasons in 2013, and don’t appear to have much potential left to be tapped. McGloin could stick around as a decent No. 2, but Pryor has fallen out of favor in Oakland and may not even be on the roster much longer.
That’s why drafting a quarterback like Carr will be so important for the Raiders this May.
The Raiders aren’t alone in their interest towards Carr, though. The Cleveland Browns have expressed a desire to land the former Bulldog, but were reportedly hoping to pick him at No. 26 overall. Seeing as the Raiders are slated to pick at No. 5 with the potential to trade down, the Browns might be forced to show their hand with their first first-rounder at No. 4.
If the Raiders did decide to take the route of drafting Carr, they’d be in a much better position to actually compete in 2014. Seeing as GM Reggie McKenzie and head coach Dennis Allen’s jobs likely hinge on how this upcoming season plays out, calling upon the Fresno State passer makes sense.
We still have over two months to go before the 2014 NFL Draft gets under way, so this is all speculation at this point. It’s promising to see rumors that the Raiders aren’t going to settle on mediocre quarterback play in 2014, though.
I guess we’ll see what happens when May 8 rolls around.