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Back in January, Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said he wanted to upgrade the quarterback position once, maybe twice.
He was in the market for a veteran quarterback, which he got in a trade for Houston Texan Matt Schaub. McKenzie also said he’d look for a younger quarterback of the future in the draft.
He never wanted that young passer to start right away. A draftee could sit back and develop behind Schaub and second-year pro Matt McGloin, a young player expected to be a long-term backup solution.
There are plenty of options in every round of this draft, though it’s highly unlikely the Raiders will select a quarterback with the No. 5 overall pick. A passer could come later on, possibly in the second or third round.
Who's here: Matt Schaub, Matt McGloin, Trent Edwards
Draft needs: The Raiders could take a quarterback for the future, to sit this season behind veteran Matt Schaub and grow into a starting role.
Good fits: Let’s toss out Johnny Manziel and Blake Bortles, projected first-round selections. Teddy Bridgewater’s draft stock is in a surprising freefall, and could slide into the second round. If he’s available at No. 36 overall, he would present tremendous value at that spot.
Given that the Raiders can essentially give a redshirt season to a rookie quarterback, it opens them up to take recently injured Zach Mettenberger from LSU or Georgia’s Aaron Murray. Both of those players are expected to go in the third or fourth round. So is Alabama’s A.J. McCarron, who has big-game experience but needs some time to develop.