Raiders may draft a first-round quarterback, and keep Derek Carr

AP

If the Raiders take a quarterback in the first round of the NFL draft, does that mean Derek Carr will be playing elsewhere in 2019? Not necessarily.

Peter King writes in Football Morning in America that a lot of people around the NFL think the Raiders will take a quarterback high but keep Carr as well.

The Chiefs executed that strategy perfectly two years ago: They traded up into the Top 10 of the draft to select Patrick Mahomes, but they kept Alex Smith as their starter while Mahomes learned from the sideline as a rookie. Even though Smith took them to the playoffs that year, he was traded the following offseason, Mahomes became the starter, and he was the best quarterback in football. That worked out pretty well.

It wouldn’t be hard for the Raiders to move on from Carr this year, as he would carry a dead cap hit of only $7.5 million if he were released. But the Raiders may choose to keep him around this year, even if Jon Gruden prefers a first-round draft pick as the team’s franchise quarterback once they’re playing in Las Vegas. The Raiders have three first round picks (fourth, 24th and 27th overall), so they’ll have plenty of options at quarterback. And one option might be taking a rookie, but giving him a year to learn as a backup.

35 responses to “Raiders may draft a first-round quarterback, and keep Derek Carr

  1. Won’t surprise me if its Kyler Murray either, especially given the speculation that he’ll still be on the board late-first or even into the second round. Gruden has a million holes to fill, but I doubt he’ll be able to contain himself with his two picks in the 20’s. The Raiders & A’s haven’t exactly had the best relationship with all of the stadium nonsense that’s taken place. I’m sure Mark Davis would love to sneak in one final jab before he bolts to Vegas, taking the A’s hyped 1st round pick with him. This would seem like a farfetched theory for literally any other franchise, but this is Gruden & Mark Davis we’re talking about.

  2. I hope they don’t use a first on a QB. They need help a lot more at other positions and this is a weak QB class overall. Draft defense and the best WR available at #24 or #27 and more defense. Maybe a few O-linemen for depth with later picks. If they draft a QB, draft one late if someone falls. No Kyler Murray, too small, nothing more than a gadget player in the NFL.

  3. Sorry guys but us older fans outside of Raider Nation (& some inside it too) could immediately see Kyler Murray in his sights when Gruden pushed that line about QBs not needing to be tall.

  4. Quick everyone. Run to the Raiders and give them picks to move up or they’ll take your QB. It’s funny watching people do obvious ploys and think they’re being clever. Like no one knows what they’re up to. Pathetic.

  5. Crazy move if they do. Theres way bigger holes to fill than getting a new QB. Carr wasnt great last year but had a lot of reasons why – rookies tackles, no WR’s, average rushing game etc.

    IF Carr doesnt do it this year then perhaps get a QB in the QB rich draft next year

  6. I’m sure that Gruden’s judgement regarding the best QBs and other players this spring will be just as astute as they were in 2014 when he was enamored with Johnny Manziel and proclaimed that Manziel the best player in that draft class. Meaning that if Gruden had been with the Raiders in 2014 he would’ve chosen Manziel rather than Khalil Mack.

    This is absolute “coaching genius” at work.

  7. The Raiders should be open to taking any position including quarterback as far as the rest of the league is concerned. This only bolsters the value of their picks with other teams who may be looking at the same position/player. This being said, don’t be too surprised to see Dwayne Haskins Jr. in a Raiders uniform. One of Haskins Jr longtime mentors is Shawn Springs. Dating back to his Junior High days (7th grade), Springs knows him in and out.

    There is a strong connection with Springs and Mike Holmgren from their days in Seattle. Holmgren being Gruden’s mentor and having hired Gruden twice (in SF & GB), in giving Gruden his first NFL job. So one can assume Gruden knows everything there is to know about Haskins Jr via Springs.

  8. The Raiders are a complete mess of a tire fire & i could easily see them drafting Murray with the 4th pick just to get back at the A’S for all the stadium issues, typical Raider and Davis move.

  9. Pro sports are becoming less sports and more entertainment. Goofy people making goofy decisions for all the world to see. Like this clown show called the Raiders.

  10. Derek Carr might be our franchises current QB but he isn’t a “Franchise QB”. He needs far too many crutches to succeed. We’ve bent over backwards trying to prop him up. We’ve put together a highly paid O-line, drafted a WR top 5, went out and got a great receiving TE. Brought in Beastmode. At what point does our franchise QB help those around him, instead of those around him helping him?

  11. Mahomes became the starter, and he was the best quarterback in football. That worked out pretty well.

    Mahomes gets way too much credit for that offense. It’s stacked with more talent than just about any offense in the league.

  12. The Raiders should be open to taking any position including quarterback as far as the rest of the league is concerned. This only bolsters the value of their picks with other teams who may be looking at the same position/player. This being said, don’t be too surprised to see Dwayne Haskins Jr. in a Raiders uniform. One of Haskins Jr longtime mentors is Shawn Springs. Dating back to his Junior High days (7th grade), Springs knows him in and out.

    There is a strong connection with Springs and Mike Holmgren from their days in Seattle. Holmgren being Gruden’s mentor and having hired Gruden twice (in SF & GB), in giving Gruden his first NFL job. So one can assume Gruden knows everything there is to know about Haskins Jr via Springs.

  13. Carr has regressed since 2016. He had flashes last season but the guy clearly has either lost a step of lost his nerve. The franchise has bent over backwards for him but he’s not giving them much return on the investment.
    BTW – could see him in New England learning at the foot of Brady and then taking the reins. He’s not without talent, just needs to get his head right and the Raiders might not be the right place to do that right now.

  14. therealraider says:
    January 28, 2019 at 8:50 am
    Derek Carr might be our franchises current QB but he isn’t a “Franchise QB”. He needs far too many crutches to succeed. We’ve bent over backwards trying to prop him up. We’ve put together a highly paid O-line, drafted a WR top 5, went out and got a great receiving TE. Brought in Beastmode. At what point does our franchise QB help those around him, instead of those around him helping him?
    ______________________________

    Kirk Cousins is completely baffled with your last sentence.

    In his estimation a Franchise QB’s only responsibility is to pad his stats so he can get a really big contract. Tom Brady may win a lot, but how big is his contract?!

  15. so instead of getting one of the top pass rushers at the top of the round, they pick a QB, probably undersized Tyrell, and then all season long we will be hearing… “I wonder why the Raiders don’t have a good pass rush”. Offensive minded coaches don’t make good Defensive player decisions…

  16. yea, it worked for the chiefs bc they had mahomes waiting. there is no patrick mahomes in this draft. there is not a qb even close to that available. but as a fan of another afc team besides the raiders, bravo. waste an early pick on a prayer. the raiders need a defense. gruden knows this. he won with defense and brad johnson in tampa. mayock is no idiot and a good talent evaluator. i can see the raiders drafting almost all defense early on, as there are quite a few good defensive prospects this year, compared to other positions. building a defense with a bunch of rookie contracts is a great way to go in my opinion. if you cant stop anybody it doesnt matter who your qb is, right chiefs fans?

  17. so instead of getting one of the top pass rushers at the top of the round, they pick a QB, probably undersized Murray, and then all season long we will be hearing… “I wonder why the Raiders don’t have a good pass rush”. Offensive minded coaches don’t make good Defensive player decisions…

  18. Gruden is known to “collect” QBs going back to his days at TB, but it’s way too early to speculate on what any team will do in the draft.

  19. They should draft 3 in the first. Maybe this circus could get lucky once. Then they can cut Carr and be in cap jail for eternity. Just fold the franchise baby.

  20. Not a Raider fan or a Gruden fan but he has only been there one year. Chuck Knoll went 1-13 his first year and it took him time to build a team with the kind of players he preferred. He did alright. I say give him a few years and then if he fails, all you folks without lives can come on here and crucify him.

  21. this is complete nonsense- The raiders just traded away a pick this year to get AJ McCarron. Raiders are going to daft defense, more defense, and another defensive player. They might draft a WR on day 3 (Keelan Doss, or Hakeem Butler) They will re-sign Jared Cook, and take a run at a few of the premier UFA’s with their 80 million in cap space.

    Go Raiders!

  22. Unless it’s Murray at 24 or 27, I doubt it. They may draft one in the mid rounds. I can also see them stockpiling picks for next year to get Tua.

  23. Chiefs had less weapons than they had last year. Hunt was out half the season and Watkins was out half the season as well. The only real difference in teams was Mahomes was the QB. They went farther, with a lesser experienced QB but a QB who didn’t check down for safety.

    Shows how little raider fan understands football.

  24. Im a DRose fan and nothing pained me more thsn A) watchin him go down 2 yrs in a row B) watchin him try to recover and play. Dare I say Carr still has that injury in his head. He plays scared. Hes might be lost for a bit.

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