Most Raider fans are eager to see what quarterback the Oakland Raiders will pick in the first round in the 2014 NFL Draft. I understand that fans want a quarterback they can build around, but I say investing a potential top-three pick on a quarterback in this draft and in this current situation is not a good idea.
Firstly, the Raiders are probably not getting the most coveted quarterback in this draft, Teddy Bridgewater, because the Houston Texans will be looking to fill their massive hole under center. But as a matter of fact, Bridgewater is still undecided on whether or not he should even enter the draft, and that would completely eliminate the chances of Raiders landing him.
With Bridgewater potentially out of the reach of the Raiders, there really aren’t any definite franchise quarterbacks in this draft. Derek Carr struggles against pass rush, Blake Bortles is just a mediocre prospect and Johnny Manziel could just be another quarterback who’s great in college but struggle in the pros.
None of the other quarterbacks are worth a top-three pick.
Most importantly, this team is still a disaster and still has many holes, so should they really draft a young quarterback and say, “here, fix this” the way the Washington Redskins did with Robert Griffin III? It usually sounds like a good idea at first by marketing that young quarterback as the ‘Franchise Savior’ but when something goes wrong with the quarterback, everything falls apart.
The Raiders need to use this draft to just build the talent level on this team the way successful teams like the 49ers, Seahawks, Broncos and Chiefs did. You have to build the team first before investing in a quarterback, so that quarterback isn’t in harm’s way. For example, Colin Kaepernick of 49ers is having a sophomore slump, but the great pieces around him aren’t exposing that.
Drafting a quarterback this upcoming draft also basically makes both Terrelle Pryor and Matt McGloin useless because they would just be back-ups then, but if the Raiders were to give a full season to either one of these quarterbacks, it could potentially cause their trade value to sky rocket the way Alex Smith’s did with the 49ers and the team was able to get a 2nd round pick for him.
The biggest reason why the Raiders have to wait till 2015 to get a quarterback is simply because the 2015 quarterback class is far better because it could potentially contain Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota and even Bridgewater if he decides to return to school this year.
So the biggest question is, who do the Raiders draft this year?
Me personally, I would draft a rare defensive prospect like Jadeveon Clowney. A phenomenal talent that will solve the Raiders problem at lack of pass rush, and will help the cause of being exposed by having to call blitzes constantly since there would no need for that when you have Clowney and Lamarr Houston on each end of the defensive line.
So the conclusion is, rather than risking a young quarterback by putting him in the middle of the disastrous team, it would be a much better to build the team now and potentially trade up for an even better quarterback in 2015. Me personally, I would prefer taking a monster like Clowney now and a star quarterback like Winston, Mariota or Bridgewater next year rather than settling for Carr.