The Oakland Raiders are getting a whole lot of praise from the media during and after their draft, something that is rather odd experience for Raiders fans. But while they received very good draft grades, no one has paid a higher compliment to general manager Reggie McKenzie than MMQB author Peter King.
In the most recent edition of MMQB, King said that the Raiders “might have gotten two of the 10 best players in this draft.”
Considering the fact that the Raiders only had one pick in the first round, that would be an incredible feat. According to King, Khalil Mack and Derek Carr are the two guys who could end up being two of the ten best players in the draft according to King. I think most of the people who have looked at the draft this year would agree with King when it comes to Mack, but the Carr comments are rather surprising.
There are certainly a lot of people who believe that Carr was the best quarterback prospect in this draft. But this was not exactly the strongest quarterback class up top. Even though it was fairly deep, one of the biggest surprises of the draft was quarterback Blake Bortles going so high in the first. So clearly King things more highly of Carr than many do about any quarterback in the class.
But if King is right, this would likely end up being one of, if not the greatest draft classes in Raiders history. As King put it:
Khalil Mack (who didn’t look too thrilled to be a Raider, by the way) and Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr are going to be franchise cornerstones.
While I disagree with his comments about how Mack looked, I sure hope he is right about Carr.