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ALAMEDA – The Raiders were surprised Derek Carr was available at No. 36 overall. It changed their draft strategy some, prompting them to take a quarterback a bit higher than originally anticipated.
The Raiders ranked Carr among the NFL draft’s top quarterbacks and, heading into Friday’s second round, he was the top-rated player available. The Raiders couldn’t pass up a passer many expected to be a first-round talent.
As director of player personnel Joey Clinkscales put it, the Raiders “stayed true to our (draft) board.”
The Raiders wanted Carr, but never expected him to be there.
“We were pretty excited,” Clinkscales said Friday night. “At the point in time of the draft, Derek was the highest rated guy on the board. We were pretty comfortable at that pick taking him.”
The Raiders took the best player available, though they might have planned on a player more able to make an immediate impact. Like any other quarterback that would’ve been drafted, Carr will sit behind veteran starter Matt Schaub. They still need quick active depth at receiver, defensive line and cornerback.
The Raiders could’ve taken a quarterback later on, but jumped at the chance to take Carr when they did. Carr’s availability altered when the Raiders wanted to take a quarterback.
“A little bit, from the standpoint that we stay true to the draft board,” Clinkscales said. “He was the top rated guy on our board. We were excited to get that player.”
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The Raiders wanted to trade down and gain more picks -- they eventually did so in the third round -- and had trade proposals to back out of No. 36. Just like they did at No. 5 with linebacker Khalil Mack, the Raiders stopped listening.
They took yet another coveted player that slipped some in the draft, happy that crossed fingers gave then a little luck.
“The Raiders need a little luck like everyone else,” Clinkscales said. “We’re excited about the players we have.”