Aug 23, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; General view of an Oakland Raiders helmet on the field during the game against the Chicago Bears at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Draft Rumors: Oakland Raiders 'not in love' with top quarterback prospects


For a few months, we’ve heard rumors that the Oakland Raiders front office prefers to run with a ‘stop gap’ quarterback rather than draft a young signal caller with the fifth pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.

The trade for former Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub seems to echo such a sentiment and now the San Francisco Chronicle says the Raiders ‘aren’t in love’ with any of the top quarterback prospects, further fueling those rumors.

Raiders head coach Dennis Allen, Olson and quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo have been on a nationwide tour of college pro days, seeing if there was a quarterback worthy of the team’s No. 5 overall pick in the draft. This week alone, they have traveled to see Teddy Bridgewater, Blake Bortles and Derek Carr. It is safe to say that they are not in love with any of them.

In love or not, safe to say the Raiders are doing their due diligence (understandably) on the quarterback market. Remains to be seen how they’ll move forward, especially with the addition of Schaub.

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Tags: 2014 NFL Draft Blake Bortles Derek Carr Johnny Manziel Oakland Raiders Teddy Bridgewater

  • Don

    Sammy Watkins!

    • KloverJane

      Ditto. I second this autumn wind prospect…

    • http://batman-news.com Otis60

      IMPACT player on defense, preferably a D-lineman. They’ve got young receivers who can be playmakers if with a QB that’s got enough time to get them the ball, but almost no young D-linemen. And defense still wins championships. A real cock-knocker of a safety would be a good move also. If not going for an impactful defensive player at number 5, trade down and get extra early picks in this deep draft.

      • gdubb

        I totally agree we need to get younger on defense

      • stucktrader

        Yes, i agree… defense wins CHAMPIONSHIPS… but offense (well, scoring) gets you to the playoffs.

        The final four of football: DEN, NE, SF, SEA… all had a QB that can either pre-snap beat you, stretch plays, or make an incredible throw… The winner of SF or SEA and their respective Ds were what made them championship caliber.

        This Raider team seems to have a bunch of skill positions set…
        HOWEVER, on D is where they seem they will build through the draft…Although they have tons of vet experience and youth at LB… and DE positions… but needs: interior linemen, CBs, and depth/back for safety.

        It will be an interesting draft. And trades can still happen…

        • John Thomas Hurdle II

          That is good to have Vets in front of the rookies so when we get better winning rookies will only have winning has. 3 yrs. where the Vets contracts are up and the Rookies can be resigned with the old vets contracts and we just keep the process going. Way to go McKenzie

    • Chris Schroeder

      Yup!!!

  • KTDMM

    I wouldn’t be surprised if this draft will be mostly defense, if not all besides a QB in the mid rounds.

    • stucktrader

      totally agree… maybe a 2nd round QB to develop along-side McGloin. Trade Pryor for that lost 6th round…

      We seem to be stacked with high potential WRs… a nice TE in Rivera… an awesome FB (Reece) explosive RB (McFad when healthy) and note that McFads back up is build similarly and seems bigger… Reggie brought in so many OL… i would want them to get Center Mack… but maybe he just costs too much… They need to keep Shaub upright…

  • hector

    So there not in love with anyone in the draft but they sign Shaub, face ->palm

    • stucktrader

      WAY cheaper than Palmer… that’s for sure… in $ and draft pick.. and WAY better than Flynn… who ironically they probably could have gotten a GB pick for if they held him long enough for Rogers to get injured…

  • Superazzledazzle

    Are you kidding me? Matt Schuab is a loser.sounds like we need to fire the head coach.you”re suppose to improve da team not make it worst off.Schaub sucks n you suck coach.

    • Kenny Oliver

      Schaub is not a loser, he took the Texans from being an expansion team to a superbowl contender. He had one bad season during an injury plagued season that the entire team imploded. Even still Schaub has been one of the more accurate passers in the league and still has a 2 to 1 TD to INT %. Raiders could have done much worse with their stopgap option.

    • Gus Gustoffson

      Haha worst off. Wtf

    • Gus Gustoffson

      Yes great idea random doushe bag…let’s fire the coach and start over! Your so smart

    • Pridenpoise

      Fire the Head coach because Reggie signed Schaub, that makes sense, to nobody.

  • erik

    Sammy watkins is cool with our qb choice but id only take bortles if available or jake mathews id trade pryor for jackson from the eagles and settle for a top choice of matthews or robinson

    • stucktrader

      Cant go wrong with a stud OL… but there is a stud OL seemingly every year… and what’s more… many can be found (although harder to find) in the later rounds.

      But i agree that Pryor will be traded to Phi as you mentioned…

      I would love if the Raiders picked up Mack… if he is indeed the best player on Reggie’s board @#5… but trading down for picks works well too…

      • erik

        The raiders cant trade down because davis wants a turnaround now so they need top talents to save their jobs partialy but what you said makes sense, i see them going after OT this year in the draft but id trade down that would be my goal if we didnt need matthews or robinson so bad

  • John Thomas Hurdle II

    2nd round draft AJ McCarron he is the best QB in this class learning from Matt Schaub.

  • Archie Colvin

    Watkins or Evans.