Oakland Raiders: Reasons team should draft Heisman winner Kyler Murray

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2. Jon Gruden has a QB to groom behind Derek Carr

It’s no secret that Jon Gruden isn’t exactly thrilled to have Carr as his quarterback of the future. If you weren’t aware, just look at all of the rumors that came out of Oakland ahead of the 2018 trade deadline that suggested the 2014 second-round pick was on the block.

Well, with Murray on the roster, Gruden wouldn’t have to worry too much. This rebuild of his seems like a long-term overhaul, meaning you shouldn’t be expecting any sort of overnight turnaround.

That gives Gruden time to groom Murray, even from afar. Then the Raiders can ease themselves out of the Carr era, negating the need to hastily trade him away for what would likely be a lopsided deal. Spend a couple more years under Carr’s leadership, build up his value, and trade him away when Murray’s ready.

I don’t know about you, but it makes sense to me.

Gruden has always been gaga over young, playmaking quarterbacks like Murray. In this scenario, he gets his guy, let’s him simmer in the minors for a couple of years, and then unleashes him on the rest of the league when he decides to leave MLB behind.