I have been noticeably absent from the blog but never from keeping up with the Raiders. It would be interesting to see how this draft takes shape by that I mean whether picks will be made on college production and the kid on tape as oppose to combine results. Regardless the Seymour trade has left the Hue's war room(or Al's) with the 48th pick in the draft. It's not mere speculation that Raiders are looking into the 2011 Quarterbacking class with Jason Campbell under contract for just another year and Bruce Gradkowskis departure the QB need is there even with the resigning of Kyle Boller.
With the NFL draft upon us the Raiders are relatively quiet as usual. With one indication to Oakland's draft plans being Colin Kaepernick, who is scheduled to have three official visits with NFL squads. He has previously worked out with the Tennessee Titans, and the Denver Donkeys(this isn't the first QB the Broncos have looked into John Elway has clearly shown and said that these searches are not a smoke screen, what a confidence booster for Tebow who I believe will be available sometime this year) and has an upcoming visit with the world renowned Oakland Raiders. Heres the link an interesting read.
The Nevada Quarterback has all the makings of a Raiders draft selection, he has a second round grade but a team could easily trade into the back end of first round to acquire the kid. The Patriots are always open for business and will dictate how the draft plays out with the Patriots owning six picks in the top 92 and the QB demand. From an economics point of view bill bilichick has a stronghold over the market, market being the draft. Expect many deals being done through the Patriots organization.
The Raiders often look at the SEC for their earlier draft selections. Another Quarterback who has physical attributes Al Davis cherishes is Arkansas' Ryan Mallet. The former Razorback passes all the physical demands to be considered a first round pick but his character concerns raise an instant red flag when interviewed his stupidity shines. His drug use is widely reported and something he has NOT denied. He was arrested for public intoxication in March of 2009 his Sophomore year. Regardless, there is no concrete evidence to indicate the Raiders are interested, but it safe to say the interest is there. With Mallett's draft stock in free fall he will be available in the second round and possibly the third. Mallett is on record to say he has worked out for several clubs, he went on to list them and said there was another "secret" team he worked out with. The Raiders have always been by far the most classified franchises in all major sports so the link is obvious. Again, going back to character concerns if a team tells you not to mention your visit and still mentions it to the press to show teams are interested in you so it can boost your draft stock shows the selfish personal make-up of Ryan Mallett. Jake Locker could also be a possibility but his accuracy problems have turned many teams off.
The Oakland Raiders could easily pick a signal caller with their first pick in the 2011 NFL draft.