With Matt Flynn confirmed as the Raiders quarterback acquisition, and a healthy competition looking likely between the new arrival and Terelle Pryor, the Raiders 3rd overall selection in the upcoming 2013 draft looks all the more certain.
There has been a notable trend of late in mock drafts and analysis suggesting that Geno Smith may be on the Raiders radar with the 3rd pick of the draft. With Palmer having been rumoured (and now almost certain) to be moving on, this looked to be becoming a serious possibility.
Naturally this was met with mixed reactions, based on the scope of differing opinions concerning the quality of the quarterbacks in this years draft. It could be suggested that a Raiders team with so many needs in so many areas would have been unwise to select a boom or bust quarterback when they could look to sure up an area of the team.
What we have now, however, is a continuation of this offseason's theme. Rebuilding with the right mentality and personalities. Flynn represents a move towards bringing in stable players that actually want to play for Oakland. It also indicates belief in Terelle Pryor, that the two can battle for the position, and that Oakland are happy to focus their attentions on more pressing areas of the team. Perhaps quarterback will be addressed more emphatically next year, when there are less necessary requirements on defence for example.
Which brings us to the most likely and befitting conclusion. Shariff Floyd will probably be a Raider in a few weeks time. The resolving of the quarterback conundrum means that the most tipped selection at number 3 is likely to become a reality. There is no denying the quality of Floyd as both and individual that will help with McKenzie's new breed of players and as a footballer that will sure up the far more needy defensive line in Oakland. Another smart move in a thus far impressive and bold offseason by the Raiders. May it continue.