Raiders draft outlook: Quarterbacks

Raiders draft outlook: Quarterbacks
April 23, 2013, 8:00 am
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Ryan Nassib's stock has risen the most in recent weeks and many have him going to Buffalo at No. 8 overall. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

Oakland has not guaranteed the starting quarterback job to Matt Flynn, not even after the trade that left many inside Raiders headquarters stunned. But there are 6.5 million guaranteed reasons to believe the gig is his to lose. He would become the 24th different quarterback to start a game for the Raiders since they returned from Los Angeles in 1995.

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We conclude our position-by-position series on the Raiders' draft outlook with a look at the quarterbacks…

Who's here: Matt Flynn, Terrelle Pryor.

Draft needs: As noted above, the Raiders do not need a franchise quarterback because, really, they feel they have their QB of the future now in Flynn. And that's a good thing because there's probably not a franchise quarterback to be had in this draft. Rather, the Raiders need a competent backup quarterback if they do not believe in Pryor, who just might be good trade bait, and if that's the case, Oakland would prefer a veteran in that role. Rather, a "project" QB could be found in the later rounds. Unless, of course, general manager Reggie McKenzie simply sees a signal caller early he feels he cannot live without.

Good fits: Of the three quarterbacks the Raiders coached at the Senior Bowl -- Syracuse's Ryan Nassib, North Carolina State's Mike Glennon and Miami of Ohio's Zac Dysert -- Nassib's stock has risen the most in recent weeks and many have him going to Buffalo at No. 8 overall. The 6-foot-7, 225-pound Glennon had the strongest arm at the Senior Bowl and is seen as a potential second-rounder while Dysert, at 6-3, 231 pounds, has a similar skill set as Ben Roethlisberger, but is obviously not as big or strong. None of them, by the way, will be confused with Flynn, or Pryor for that matter. An intriguing thought? USC's Matt Barkley does remind many of Flynn, even if the 6-3, 227-pounder is not as nimble of foot. It's Barkley's football IQ and knowledge of the West Coast Offense that could make him a good understudy to Flynn, who is signed for two years. Besides, McKenzie himself took in Barkley's pro day at USC. Just something to think about.