Jan 1, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Central Florida Knights quarterback Blake Bortles (5) warms up prior to the game against the Baylor Bears during the Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Draft Rumors: Oakland Raiders workout Blake Bortles


The Oakland Raiders are looking at all of their options for when they go on the clock this May and one of those options includes taking a quarterback for the future. While it’s been noted that both Dennis Allen and Reggie McKenzie may not be open to the idea of drafting a guy they may not be around to see develop, ownership may step in and decide that the future at quarterback is more important than some hurt feelings on the sidelines.

No matter the reasoning, the Raiders are working out UCF quarterback Blake Bortles on Monday.

Per the Contra Cotsa Times:

The Raiders’ interest in quarterback prospects for this year’s NFL draft continues, as evidenced by their meeting with Central Florida’s Blake Bortles on Monday.

Bortles is regarded by many as the top quarterback in next month’s draft. The Raiders have the No. 5 pick, which means Bortles might be gone before the Raiders first selection rolls around.

The Raiders taking a quarterback at the top of the draft wouldn’t make all the sense in the world, as they traded for Matt Schaub to be their starter, but it also doesn’t make zero sense at all. It’s possible and even if they aren’t drafting a quarterback, at least the Raiders are doing their due diligence.

Tags: NFL Draft 2014 Oakland Raiders

  • Bob

    The Raiders would better serve their long suffering fans by picking Watkins, Mack, OL with the number five pick. They should not waste a number 2 pick either.

    • joe VICE

      I agree. Reggie needs to hit a home run in this draft. We desperately need a playmaker, or game changer. I really like Khalil Mack at number 5. I hope we draft him.

  • PK

    Watkins or Mack or it’s a 1st rounds bust either that fall back trade with someone desperate and pick up evans and another later round pick

  • Raider Grant

    McKenzie & Allen have no idea about choosing/drafting a QB, but to say Princess Davis is going to step in to make a decision is humorous! Raiders have invested in their QB this year, so there is no reason they should use a draft pick on QB. Sure would hate to see another Flynn/Wilson situation arise! Wait on QB until next year, build the team up for once. No more gambling, no more busts, no more “I think they can be QB’s! Just draft wisely baby! Go Raiders!!!