The last Oakland Raiders quarterback to do anything of significance with the team was the guy who took them to the Super Bowl in 2002, Rich Gannon. Now, as the Raiders continue their decade long search for his replacement, Gannon has weighed in on one of the guys the Raiders could possibly take with the 5th pick of the 2014 NFL Draft.
When asked about whether or not Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel would be a good fit for the Raiders, Gannon said that he wasn’t. But what is more interesting is WHY Gannon said that he was not a fit.
Rather than commenting on something specific to Manziel, Gannon made an overarching statement about the Raiders in general saying “I think a team has to be ready for a young quarterback. I don’t think that team is quite ready yet.” Following that logic, Gannon probably does not like the idea of the Raiders taking any quarterback with the number five pick in the draft.
Gannon’s stance makes some sense but also does not make sense. Pretty much any team looking for a quarterback high in the NFL Draft is probably not ready for a young guy to be thrown into the fire. But at the same time, that does not necessarily make any of them a bad fit. What it means is that the team may want to sit a young quarterback for a year or else go out of its way to sign supporting cast members in free agency.
It is true, the Raiders could ruin a young quarterback by throwing them to the fire behind a terrible offensive line. But that does not mean they should pass on a guy high in the draft if they truly believe he could be the future. They just need to exhibit patience with anyone they draft as a potential future franchise quarterback.