The Oakland Raiders traded a sixth round pick in this year’s draft in order to obtain Matt Schaub, the man who is slated to be their starting quarterback in 2014. In Schaub, the Raiders have a veteran with years of experience as a starting quarterback, playoff experience, two pro bowls and a guy who once led the league in passing yards.
He is coming off of a very bad season that looked worse because of high expectations and as such his price tag was driven pretty low. In comparison, Blane Gabbert, a guy who has not really shown anything as an NFL starter also went for a 6th round pick in a trade between the San Francisco 49ers and the Jacksonville Jaguars. Gabbert is younger and cheaper than Schaub but Schaub is much more talented.
In return, the Houston Texans used the sixth pick from the Raiders to get Alfred Blue, running back out of LSU. He was a backup who only received double digit touches in three games in 2013. His combination of size and speed make him a potential NFL talent, but was not a highly productive player in college. His best season came in 2011 when he put up 539 yards but he only managed 343 yards in 2013.
It is obviously far too early to tell who came out ahead in the trade at this point. Blue could turn out to be a stud while Schaub could show he has nothing left in the tank. Or, the exact opposite could be true. But as it stands right now, with limited information, it looks like the Raiders did pretty well for themselves in this trade.