1. Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma
Both Fromm and Love are likely to be first-round targets. But if the Raiders instead opt for defensive enforcements or help at receiver in Round 1, who could be some other mid-round targets?
Since the team doesn’t have a second-round pick, they’ll have to wait until the third round to pick again unless they package a few picks to trade back into the second round.
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One player who could be an ideal Day 2 target is Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts.
Hurts isn’t a quarterback who’s ready to start from Day 1. He may not even be ready to start in his second NFL season.
But if the Raiders are looking for a long-term, developmental quarterback without having to give up premium draft capital, then he could be the perfect Day 2 target.
The Oklahoma signal-caller is a high-character leader who is one of the most respected athletes in the college game. He lacks elite arm talent, but makes up for it with his mobility and off-the-cuff playmaking ability.
Hurts remains inconsistent as a passer and needs time to harness his talent, but if given that chance, he could develop into a quality NFL starter at the next level.
He has a higher ceiling than Jake Fromm and doesn’t require the first-round pick it would take to land someone like Jordan Love.
And for that reason, expect Jalen Hurts to be well on the Raiders’ radar come late April.