The 2013 Heisman Trophy award has been handed out. And it went to Florida State quarterback, Jameis Winston. But unfortunately for the NFL teams in need of a quarterback, they're out of luck because Winston is not eligible for the draft just yet.
The Raiders are one such team who could look at drafting a quarterback early in the draft. Al Davis loved the Heisman. Several Heisman greats were drafted by the Raiders. One of them is currently on the team - Charles Woodson. Others include the likes of ‘Mr Raider' Tim Brown, Hall of Famer Marcus Allen and the Legendary Bo Jackson.
The Raiders need to make a splash in the draft this year and a big splash would be drafting a quarterback the likes of Jameis Winston. Unfortunately, Winston won't be eligible until next year
'Famous' Jameis has been the frontrunner for the award since about halfway through the season when it was pretty apparent Winston was something special on the football field.
All that nearly came crashing down with allegations of sexual assault, but the case has been dismissed so he went forward as the favorite for the Heisman. As far as his accolades, he was a near lock for the award. He threw for 3,820 yards and had 42 total touchdowns as the best player on the nation's top-ranked team headed to the National Championship game.
There are some of the Heisman candidates of whom the Raiders could have great interest who are eligible. Let's start with the quarterbacks. First of all, last year's Heisman winner...
Jonnie Mansiel. Texas A&M
Following up his amazing Heisman campaign in 2012, he kept it going this season by throwing for 3,732 yards and 33 touchdowns. He threw for seven more TD's this season than in 2012 but he also threw for 13 interceptions. He didn't put up as great of numbers on the ground but when you're sights are set on the NFL, what he did through the air was far more important.
AJ McCarron, Alabama
The 2012 two-time National Championship winning quarterback is very solid if unspectacular. He completed 68 percent of his throws and only turned the ball over five times, all while throwing for 2,676 yards and 26 touchdowns. But there hasn't to be something said for leading the best team in the country the past two seasons and to a Sugar Bowl victory in his first season as the starter.
Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois
Lynch's passing numbers don't jump out at you but they are still pretty good - 63%, 2,676 yards passing for 23 touchdowns -- and neither does his level of competition in the MAC. Where Lynch amazes is on the ground. He carried the football 274 times for 1,881 yards and 22 touchdowns. Those numbers were good for second in the nation at any position. He ran for over 300 yards TWICE this season including setting a rushing record with 321 yards against Western Michigan.
Speaking of bit rushing numbers, the Raiders could use some help at running back as well. They are expected to part ways with Darren McFadden after this season and could be thinking about drafting his replacement.
There are two running backs who round out the six Heisman Finalists.
Tre Mason, Auburn
Like Winston, Mason gets into the mix as the best player on a team headed for the National Championship game. Auburn won the SEC and is set to face the top-ranked Florida State Seminoles. Mason finished the regular season with 1,621 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns. Mason stamped his ticket to New York when he ran 46 times for 304 yards and four scores in that SEC Championship win over Missouri.
Andre Williams, Boston College
Williams got here simply by putting up the best rushing numbers in the country. He ran for 2,102 yards and 17 touchdowns. Boston College is headed for a bowl game at 7-5 but not being in the National Championship picture has had Williams out of the public eye.