The Oakland Raiders have met with every one of the top quarterbacks in this year’s draft class. But they have also met with a number of guys expected to be taken in the second round or later and it now appears that if the Raiders draft a quarterback this year, it will be one in the second wave of guys to go off of the board.
According to Peter King on Monday Morning Quarterback, the Raiders are one of four teams in the top five picks of the NFL Draft who are “strongly considering passing on quarterbacks with their first picks and waiting until their second or third selections.” The top quarterbacks in this year’s class are rather lackluster and it appears several teams do not see them as worthy of being drafted that early.
The NFL Draft is a funny beast when it comes to quarterbacks. No other position in the NFL creates as much drama and attention in the draft. Almost every single year, there is a run on quarterbacks at some point, more often at the front end of the draft. This year’s big run, however, may occur at the top of the second round. The Raiders, Texans, Jaguars and Browns could all use a quarterback (or two), after all.
The Browns have a second pick in the first round (No. 26) that very well could trigger a run on signal callers. If this is how things shake out, the Raiders will not likely be able to risk waiting until the third round to take a potential heir apparent to Matt Schaub.
That of course, is assuming what King is hearing is real and not a smokescreen.
The theme of waiting until later for certain positions is not limited to quarterback either. Many also believe that while Sammy Watkins is an excellent talent, the wide receiver class is so deep this year it makes sense to get more value with a later pick. With a ton of depth, this year’s draft is one of the least predictable in years.