As more and more teams picking in the top 10 pick up veteran quarterbacks, it’s impossible to know which teams are consciously getting out of the quarterback market at the top of the draft, and which teams are trying to mask their interest in a player like Geno Smith.
The Bills are believed to still be in the first-round quarterback fray, and it’s possible the Cardinals, Eagles, Raiders and even the Browns have been trying to throw other teams off the scent by lining up their fallback options pre-emptively.
For the Raiders, drafting Smith likely will mean keeping Flynn, since $2 million of his $5.25 million salary for 2013 is fully guaranteed. It’s possible, then, that the Raiders also would keep Terrelle Pryor, given that he’ll earn only $595,000 in base salary for the coming season.
Still, even with the third overall pick going to a quarterback, the entire depth chart would take up considerably less cap room than Carson Palmer’s $13 million base salary would have consumed. It’s possible, then, that the Raiders will enter the season with Flynn, Pryor, and a first-round rookie.