Two things we know about the Raiders right now: Jon Gruden is a quarterback guru and the Raiders have one in Derek Carr. Those are established facts. Gruden has several times said Carr was one of the major factors that drew him back to coaching the Raiders.
It would be interesting to see what Gruden would do in this draft should he have a need at the position. In such a scenario, barring any kind of trade up, the best quarterback who would likely be on the board at that time would be former Heisman Trophy winner, Lamar Jackson.
Some would tell you Jackson is the best QB in this draft. His accomplishments and statistics certainly make a case for that. But there is the looming concerns about how well his game would translate to the NFL level.
In order for him to have success — as with most any quarterback -- he needs the right system and the right coaches.
Recently former NFL head coach Dick Vermeil sat down with SB Nation’s Thomas George and Vermeil had a short list NFL coaches under whom Jackson could reach his potential.
Vermeil believes Jackson would shine with either of the Gruden brothers, Jay in Washington or Jon with the Raiders. Vermeil said offensive coordinator Scott Linehan in Dallas or Todd Haley in Cleveland could master it. He said new New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur “is a really good quarterback guy.” And of new Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Norv Turner, Vermeil said, “His quarterbacks always play well.”
These, however, would be Vermeil’s top four landing spots for Jackson:
New England: “There is not an offensive place in the league that is more adaptable.”
New Orleans: “I don’t think that staff has ever had a quarterback not play well.”
Green Bay: “Players know. Coaches know. That is a really fine offensive staff.”
Kansas City: “That will always be an offensive football team under Andy Reid. His quarterbacks move.”
Gruden and Carr have been seen as a great pairing since the start. They should be able to get the best out of each other. And hopefully for Jackson’s sake, he will be drafted into a similar situation.