2. Will the Raiders draft a QB?
The Raiders answered some of their questions surrounding the quarterback position with the Marcus Mariota signing. Gone was the possibility of Tom Brady playing in Vegas or any other free-agency scenario that would supplant Derek Carr as the starting quarterback.
Carr is the starter until further notice and Mariota will serve as his experienced backup with upside that could push Carr to his best form. That’s the tentative plan as of now, but the 2020 NFL Draft could shake things up.
There have been rumors that the Raiders could select a signal-caller in the first round with the team being linked to both Oregon’s Justin Herbert and Utah State’s Jordan Love. However, it seems highly unlikely that that’s the route they choose.
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The more interesting question remains whether the team will opt for a mid-round option — in particular, Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts.
Hurts is reportedly highly-coveted by the Raiders with some in the know going as fas as to insist that if he’s there with their first pick in the third-round (80th overall), they’ll take him.
A strong showing in the NFL Combine could prevent that from happening, but the interest does appear real.
Now, Hurts wouldn’t be a Day 1 starting option. Rather, the Raiders could view him as a long-term developmental project with the high-character/upside combo that coaches dream of.
The Raiders might very well take a quarterback in the draft and there’s a good chance that if they do, it’ll be Hurts.