Aug 16, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; A detail of a Oakland Raiders helmet on the field before a preseason game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Draft Rumors: Oakland Raiders may pass on drafting franchise quarterback


The Oakland Raiders own the fifth selection in the 2014 NFL Draft and it’s likely at least one of the Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater, Blake Bortles trio will be available to them – should they want them.

But according to NFL insider Michael Rappoport (via 95.7 The Game), Oakland may skip on drafting a ‘franchise’ quarterback and opt to bring in a ‘system’ quarterback as a stop gap for a year.

.@RapSheet says he wouldn’t be surprised if #Raiders skip on drafting a questionable franchise QB and bring in a system QB for a year.

It really comes down to what the Raiders front office believes they’d have in Manziel, Bridgewater or Bortles. Some NFL scouts have suggested that while talented, none of the aforementioned quarterbacks would be more than second round picks in a deeper quarterback draft.

Regardless, it sounds as if the Raiders passing on whomever is left is a possibility.

Of course, that could be the Raiders attempting to throw off teams picking around them as well.

Tags: 2014 NFL Draft Blake Bortles Johnny Manziel NFL Draft Oakland Raiders

  • TheFrasier707

    Bring in josh freeman.schaino was his problem.

    • Pridenpoise

      Please, what was his problem in Minnesota? No thanks we don’t want him.

      • Smush Crook

        You must be new. Freeman was a Viking for 13 days before he was thrown into the starting lineup and was asked to throw 53 passes against Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck, Linval Joseph, Cullen Jenkins, Mathias Kiwanuka, and the NY Giants. 13 days, man. He’s not Peyton Manning. He’s not even Cam Newton, but he is the best FA QB in 2014, and reuniting him with Olsen could be good. Oh, and one more thing. Josh Freeman is a far better QB than Terrelle Pryor.

        The defense rests. lol

        • Pridenpoise

          No I’m not new, I’m pretty sure I have been watching the Raiders for longer than you have been alive, but that’s another story. Your argument that he’s better than Pryor, well that’s not saying much and if you think that he didn’t have enough time to acclimate to the Vikings and their playbook, fair enough but it is funny that the Bucs were a much better team without Freeman, you can blame Schiano but the fact remains teams were not lined up for the services of Freeman, he’s got character flaws he’s not a leader he would appear to be a locker room cancer. We would be better off with what we have and going the draft route, not with someone else’s problem. If Freeman was all that the Vikings who are in desperate need of a QB would be hanging on to him. And to say he’s the best FA QB available isn’t saying much, and to be honest with you he’s not.

  • The Don

    Stick with mcgloin!

  • scinfidel

    I think picking up Fales or Murray later in the draft(3-5) would be solid. I’d still want to pick up a vet(Freeman, Sanchez or VIck) and use one of our first two picks on a WR plus pick up one(Nicks, Maclin, Jones) free-agent. A lot of people will laugh at the Sanchez suggestion but the guy never had anyone to throw it too and his offensive coordinators were terrible… He’s worth a flyer as a free-agent to compete with McGloin and Pryor.

    • Trevor

      Fales won’t make it in the NFL… His showing at the sr.bowl shattered any hope of his “sleeper” status. Murray is somewhat interesting… Although, it just seems like a wasted pick really just like Wilson last year. If we were gonna just take a stab in the dark qb wise I’d say Tom Savage would be worth a late round pick (6-7). Very low risk for someone of his potential. Big kid with a ridiculous strong arm and LOADS of potential. He never got settled anywhere so giving him some stability could shoot him thru the roof a lot like what happened to Mettenberger when Cam Cameron arrived in LSU…. All this is mute of course if Teddy drops to 5 ( I can’t possibly imagine it but who knows). He IS a future star in the NFL… Period.

  • Raider Grant

    Barring injury to him next season, go all in next year on MARCUS MARIOTA! Utilize QB’s we have, or pick one up on the skinny. Mariota will be an elite NFL QB should he remain healthy. Go Raiders

  • chas

    I wish they pick khail mack he can make plays without the ball freeman is a waste of time build defense first . Drafting a QB means two more years of losing a good D can change a team overnite

  • Tony Tellez Diaz

    Lets continue to build our defense! #Raiders #DB

  • John Thomas Hurdle II

    We do not need a Rookie QB, If that’s the case, either bring I Matt Schaub to groom McGloin, If Pryor get Vick or Young. Stop changing Qb’s like we did coaches. Also I apologize for saying the draft was C last year. I look forward to this years draft. But I say build around which ever QB we are going with.

  • netraider

    DEFENSE. When was the last time a team without a strong defense won in the post season? The Raiders will not be competitive in the AFC West without major changes to the D. Improving the Offense from a 10-20 ppg group to one capable of 20-30 ppg with a Defense that gives up 30+ ppg to Manning, Rivers and Smith does nothing except deliver misery to Raider Nation in 2014. We need to address the pass rush first.

    QB is not as bad as some are making out. McGloin has shown
    tremendous potential. He is cool in the pocket, goes through his reads and is
    accurate. He is a rookie who has never been through a proper camp. As a fourth
    string walk-on he did not receive much attention. His decision making will
    improve with good coaching. Play calling has put him in risky situations,
    especially deep at our own end. An upgraded OL will also help. He is ACCURATE
    which is essential. Even on deep throws he is better than “+ or – 10 yards” Pryor.
    He has completed more third-and-longs than any QB since Gannon. If fact, many
    of those conversions remind me of Stabler to Fast Freddie or Cliff. Exciting.
    He lead the NFL in plays >25 yards. With McGloin you have a reasonable
    expectation of a first down. With Pryor you wonder if we’ll still be in FG
    range for 4th down. Pryor has too many negative plays. Keep in mind that
    McGloin’s stats are as good if not better than Peyton’s his first year. And
    Peyton was groomed from the draft, through camp and the pre-season to be the
    starter. The kid has earned an opportunity to compete after a complete
    off-season.

    A risky first round pick is not worth it. QBs are risky
    picks, just look at the draft history. The Raiders have drafted more QBs than
    any team since 1970 with that last keeper being Stabler. Take a DE (or pass
    rushing OLB) instead. A value mid or late round QB pick perhaps. Give McGloin
    another year and use the off season to fill all the other needs, or at least as
    many as possible. To risk the pick and money on a QB and not upgrade around him
    would be a waste and mean another nauseating season.

    To be competitive in the AFC West we must be able to
    pressure the QB and defend down the field. Even if we pick up a great QB and WR
    we might become a 20 to 30 ppg offense. Again, this will not help when if we
    field a 30 to 40 ppg defense. A top defense is a must to win in this league.

    What do we do with Pryor? Serviceable backup with game
    breaking (and trade) potential. But he could be more than that. I would love to
    see him used situationally as a tail back and slot receiver (I assume he can
    catch). I bet he would be effective in sweeps and pitch outs. With his agility
    and eye for moving holes he should be able to take full advantage of the fluid
    line that these plays create. The improvements that he made are impressive. Can
    he be a back-up QB with an active role as a situational, impact player?
    Defenses will have to plan for him in a variety of roles. He could throw from
    anywhere, even if lined up as a RB or receiver. He could make the HB pass a
    threat on every play. If he resists this role change then he is trade bait. The
    QB swap with the Redskins (if the rumor is real) may then be in order.

    The DL must be able to pressure QBs without LB and DB help.
    I love our aggressive defense and like the myriad of blitz packages but the DL
    must not depend on it. With the QBs in the AFC West we need to get pressure on
    every play. At critical times we cannot always expose our secondary to get
    pressure. Our D Coordinator needs more options that will come from a DL that
    can pressure QBs. Add a top FA pass rushing DE (Hardy, Bennett or Allen) and a
    draft first round DE (Aaron Donald). Houston is great against the run but not
    at the same level against the pass. If he returns maybe he should move to the
    other side. Add FA Orakpo at OLB to complete the defensive front.

    Corner Back is another position that needs upgrade to reach
    the next level. We need a starter and depth. Hayden is a bust. He looks lost,
    chases plays and is a horrible tackler. None of that is injury related. When he
    is on the field opposing QBs have a 3rd down sure thing against him. He gave up
    a big play on a very high percentage of his targets. I don’t see him making it
    in the NFL. Draft best available CB in the second round and add a FA starter
    (Verner).

    A FA WR would be welcome but the draft should first focus on
    serious need. An impact FA WR (Maclin) would be nice if not overpriced. Add a
    best available WR in the 3rd round (or second 2nd round pick if we can move
    back in the 1st round and still get Donald).

    LT, C and hopefully LG are looking good for ’14. The right
    side of the OL needs high impact players. A FA pickup and late round depth
    would be welcome.

    Much of the same can be said for the Safeties. Mid to late
    round picks and bargain FAs should be considered.

    DMC is history. Even at the veteran minimum he is not worth
    it. Sheets is a great add. Bring back Jennings. These RBs will explode with a
    healthy and upgraded OL. Do not sell the farm for a new RB. Late round pick for
    a potential gem may be appropriate but lower priority than DB and OL.

    SO HERE’S THE PLAN:

    Trade down and pick up DT Aaron Donald with Pick 1. With two
    2nd round picks (one from round 1 trade) take best CB with the first and best
    WR with the second. Round 3 take QB Aaron Murray. Round 4 best Safety or OG.
    With remaining 3 picks take best available with priority on OL and DB.

    In FA get 1 top pass rushing DE (Hardy, Bennett or Allen), 1
    starting CB (Verner?), and if not overpriced, OLB Orakpo. Also look for deals
    for 1 starting OG and 1 Safety.

    With a little bit of help we have a 20+ ppg
    Offense. With this Defense we will have a shot at competing with the QBs in the
    AFC West and the post-season. Without a focus on D (especially pressuring QBs)
    reaching the playoffs may be out of reach. Defense will change everything. (So
    will an Offense that is not always in 3rd and long.)

  • Archie Colvin

    Raiders may have to use 1st rd pick on LT unless the can sign one from another team.