Dec 27, 2013; Alameda, CA, USA; General view of an Oakland Raiders helmet at press conference at Oakland Raiders Practice Facility. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

With the No. 5 pick, the Oakland Raiders select:


Even though the NFL Draft is a couple of months away, sports sites are full of prognosticators trying to predict which player each NFL team will select. The guessing game will hit a fever pitch in the next couple of days with the NFL Combine set to get started in less than a week.

So who might the Oakland Raiders have on their radar for the No. 5 pick? Some pundits are voting that it will be a quarterback, while others think the Raiders will head back into the ranks of wide receivers again this year.

Well, the early and meaningless results are in. The Raiders will go shopping for a new quarterback in the NFL Draft with the No. 5 pick. Probably.

The quarterback position was the most popular vote-getter as far as what the Raiders will draft, it just wasn’t the most popular player that was tied to the pick.

Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortles and Teddy Bridgewater each got two votes in the mock drafts compiled by Raiders.com, so no clear choice at QB can be made yet.

On the other hand, wide receiver Sammy Watkins was the object of Raider desire in four of the mocks.

Defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and linebacker Khalil Mack were the other possibilities at one nod apiece.

So there you have, the Raiders will either select a quarterback or Sammy Watkins in the 2014 NFL Draft. Unless they pick someone else.

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Tags: Blake Bortles Johnny Manziel Oakland Raiders Sammy Watkins Teddy Bridgewater

  • Dan Carrillo

    I say they should trade down a bit if clowney or Mathews are gone and pick up Derek Carr.

    • Trevor

      Carr over teddy? Or are you assuming he is gone? Also, couldn’t trade down very far as the vikings are highly likely to draft a qb @ 8 . with Hou, jax, and cle most likely taking qbs carr will probably go @8 to vikes… Also, STL could very well draft a qb having 2 1sts… With carr possibly going when they pick @ 13… Cle could also be blowing smoke about “loving” manziel and draft a qb with their second 1st late in the first which would be a nice spot to snag carr. Personally I’m not very high on him. His stats are GROSSLY inflated by the bubble screens ran in Fresno st. He needs a VERY dominant oline to succeed as he is very weak when facing preassure and doesn’t have great poise in the pocket.

      • Dan Carrillo

        Yes, I feel that Bridgewater will be gone before the Raiders will have a chance to draft him. I feel that he is by far the best NFL ready QB in the draft as far as throwing ability and reading defenses. However, I am concerned about his ability to remain healthy due to being so small. It just seems like he has such a thin build that he may not be able to endure multiple hits by an NFL defense.
        As for Carr, I believe he will become a great QB for a team that is willing to work on his development. The Raiders indicated that they want a QB that can sit and learn for a year behind a veteran and, if what they say is true, I feel that he would be a perfect candidate to develop. After watching a few of his games I noticed he had the tendency to throw off his back foot and was inconsistent with his footwork at times. I think if his position coach can fix that he has the ability to become a potential pro bowl player.
        Apart from the QB position, I feel the Raiders should focus on building a strong offense and defensive lines. With that said, I like what Clowney or Matthews brings to the field. I feel they are game changers. Clowney would immediately solve the Raiders need for an impact player on the defensive line. He would throw off the timing of QB’s, like Manning, with his pass rushing ability. As for Mathews, I feel he would significantly impact the offensive line. The Raiders are constantly looking for a right tackle, I believe they would able to plug him in on the right side opposite of Veldeer which would give them an elite offensive line.

        • Trevor

          That “thin build” talk is highly over exaggerated. In reality he’s an inch taller than Carr and 10 lbs lighter… Thats not a very significant difference… Not too mention he’s been training non stop and on an NFL eating program so it wouldn’t be a surprise if he comes into the combine close to 210lbs or more. The truth is he hangs tough in the pocket , was a leader on/off the field, ran an NFL style offense with full audibles, wr progressions, NFL routes, and full defensive reads. Not one of these other “top qbs” have ever done anything like that. Teddy is leaps and bounds ahead of the other qbs in this draft. While I do feel slightly bad for carr because I do think his name is hurting his stock, its not the only reason. History shows college qbs coming from a gimmicky offense putting up stupid numbers tend to struggle mightily in the NFL. Carr is in that second tier with mettenberger , garapollo , and Murray/mcCarron. While I think carr COULD translate his game and talent to the NFL. He requires a couple years of development and much better qb coaching then we have. If he gets scouped up by someone like the pats(possible if they trade mallet) or stl , maybe cinc? Where he’d have a couple seasons to be groomed AND talent around him I think he could be quite successful. I just don’t think he’d be put in a situation where he could be successful with us.

          • Dan Carrillo

            I think Carr is better than you think. He can read defenses, he has a quick release, and he has a strong arm. I do agree that he is quite not ready yet. These QB’s that come out of the shotgun spread offenses have a difficult time with taking their eye’s off the defense, while running play action (nfl style offense), and having the ability to relocate the secondary coverage while passing. Teddy Bridgewater is one of the only top rated QB’s that run such an offense. However, I still think that in the long run Carr will be just as good as Bridgewater with a little more coaching.

          • Trevor

            I don’t NOT like Carr… I just wouldn’t draft him in the first round and with the holes we have and how much talent there is in the 1st 3 rounds using one of our precious picks on a project qb just doesn’t excite me. Especially seeing how we have a guy in McCloin that could develop with coaching and time… AND Pryor (although I doubt he makes it to training camp). The value of that pick I feel is worth more elsewhere. I do think Carr could surprise some people if given the right situation…. Although, personally outside of Teddy, Zach Mettenberger is interests me the most. The way he blossomed so fast in LSU under Cam Cameron was RIDICULOUS! I can’t imagine how much he’d grow with another year of NFL quality coaching… In fact, Im gonna make a rather bold prediction and say the pats trade Mallet and pick up Zach in the 2nd round. His upside is Huuuggeee! Jimmy Garapollo is another 2nd round sleeper @ QB who could develop into a decent NFL qb

          • Dan Carrillo

            Why not the Raiders? I would like to counter your bold prediction with one of my own. Haha. I predict the raiders pick up mccown in free agency and mettenburger (I’m pretty sure I misspelled that) in say the second or even third round to develop over the next few years. I totally agree with you, ZM is a dimond in the roughy that, if polished, can become a sleeper starter.

        • Trevor

          Just thought I’d gloat a little as Teddy weighed in @ 214lbs at the combine… Like I said ;)

          • Dan Carrillo

            Haha, I saw an article posted shortly after you had initially commented on how teddy was lifting. Good call. I seriously doubt he will fall to 5. The best chance they have is to jump to 2 if the Texans take Clowney. Boy that would be exciting – for the raiders to finally get a franchise QB.

          • Trevor

            Haha! I just HAD to be “that guy” lol! Did you see a pic of him?! Dude looks cut up too! You’re right… There is absolutely NO way he falls to 5… Its unfortunate, I just don’t see RM trading up to that 2 spot… I sure wish he would tho! Assuming Hou is silly and drafts someone else… I feel ya brother… We haven’t had a franchise qb in sooooo long!! We just have so many holes the smart thing to do is trade down and get as many 2nd round picks as we can. This draft is STACKED with starting talent in the first 3 rounds. If we can get 4 picks in the 3 rounds I’d be STOKED… If we take Sammy @5 im going to feel just how I did when we took Dmac… I’ll instantly love him, of course, but my heart will ache

  • Trevor

    I hope we can steal teddy b…. If he drops to #5 it will change our franchise. I wish we had some picks stockpiled just in case Hou does something wierd and passes on him so we could trade with STL… But if he is gone (which in all reality is just about 100% certain) I’d like to see us trade down ESPECIALLY if clowey somehow slips to 5. We could get a a few picks from someone chasing his talent. Maybe even an extra second or 2 depending on how far we trade down. There’s just SO much quality starting talent in the second round I’d love for us to get another pick or 2 if possible there. Trade down twice if needed. We have lots of holes and it will take more than a clowney or Matthews or Watkins . If we trade down we could get 2 GREAT dlineman or an elite WR like mike Evans AND still get a fantastic lineman.

    • Pridenpoise

      If Clowney falls were taking him, and you can take that to the bank.

      • Trevor

        I disagree… But we’ll see… Rm has stated over and over he wants high motor high character players… That is NOT clowney. He wants a check and could care less about being a good football player .

        • Pridenpoise

          And what player do you know of that plays for free last time I checked they were all compensated. I love it when people talk about someone’s character like they know the person, if you were somehow related to Clowney I might give your comment a thought, since your not I will just chalk it up to you not agreeing with me. I would love to know how your insight tells us how Bridgewater is the answer, because I’m not sold on him, and i don’t think the Raidrs are either, but we shall see.

  • Ransen

    Sammy Watkins is the answer. All we got toso is pick up DE Greg Hardy , C Alex Mack and move Stefen Wisniewski to left guard or pick up Guard Incognito, and pick up Cornerback Alterraun Verner at the right prices to get them. And there we go my man and our future franchise the next (Tim Brown) Sammy Watkins. Watch and believe
    . You guys gottah give Terrelle Pryor a shot I’m telling he’s a cam newton. Just give him the right coaching and watch him blossom.

    • Dan Carrillo

      I would disagree with you on moving Wiz. Recently, I sat in a football coaching clinic where the Raiders O-line coach/assistant head coach Tony Sparano spoke on offensive line play, during his presentation he not only spoke highly of Wiz but he even openly expressed his opinion that Wiz should have made the pro bowl at the Center position. I understand that many writers feel that Wiz is better suited to move into the guard position, however, I would tend to lean on the opinion of a highly regarded position coach such as Sparano.

    • Trevor

      Sammy isn’t the answer… He has quite a few red flags that people have been ignoring. First off, he has been arrested and was also suspended from Clemson. Also , his route running is pretty iffy at this point. He never developed in college as he just used his speed, which won’t cut it in the NFL. While his acceleration is world class his “top speed” isn’t. I think he’s a fine prospect just not for Oakland and not with the #5 overall pick. This is a DEEP wr class and there isn’t a big drop off talent wise from sammy to someone like Jordan Matthews or Allen Robinson who can be had late in the 1st/ early 2nd. WR is arguably our strongest unit (and the only unit on our entire team I feel is decent) overall. So why would we use our 1st pick on a WR when we have HUGGEE needs elsewhere with ELITE players available in the draft to fill them? Also, there are plenty of decent FA WR’s available. Rookie WR’s ALWAYS struggle their 1st season or 2 in the NFL as it takes time to learn and isn’t an easy transition. Also, who’s gonna throw him the ball?!? No matter how good a wr is if the qb can’t get the ball in his general direction it doesn’t matter

  • Thirston

    lets see they have the worse defense and perhaps one of the worse offensive lines in the NFL and you and all other dumb bells think drafting a quarterback will solve their problems?This is why most teams stay on the bottom its why Detroit the Browns and so may others stay bad franchises they start with impact positions quarterback ,runningback wide receivers and never deal with structural positions Offense tackles and guards and cornerbacks and defense in general.i would recommend trading down and getting Cyrus Kouandjio then Yankey and dedicating the rest of the draft to defense. Matt McGloin is good enough to win with.This would secure the left hand side of the line and help them run block ,I dont recall seattle wasting a first round pick in getting russell wilson or the patriots doing this in getting brady!When they were great they had a average quarterback but the best defense and offensive line in the league