Jon Gruden is the media’s favorite QB guru. Questions about the most important position in football fly at the Raiders head coach every time he’s in front of a mic. Most reports and questions are about Kyler Murray. Murray, however, will not participate in the drills at the combine today, so the attention will be elsewhere.
There will be signal callers who choose to compete and show teams their arm strength, accuracy, and athleticism this weekend. Mayock and Gruden have both sent their votes of confidence for Derek Carr, calling him the Raiders franchise QB. With so much draft capital and an offensive-minded head coach in charge, it’s not inconceivable that the Raiders select a QB in the mid to later rounds. Here are a few who Raiders fans should look for during the combine drills.
Tyree Jackson, Buffalo
Weight: 249 lbs
Jackson competed at the Senior Bowl so Gruden’s staff already knows him. He’s a tall, big armed prospect and everyone knows how much the NFL prizes those players. Unlike many “prototypical” pocket passers who enter the NFL, Jackson can actually play pretty well and put many “wow” throws on tape in 2018.
Jackson has the chance to show how much better his arm is than the other QBs throwing in drills this weekend. If he has a good enough weekend, many teams will be intrigued at his upside.
Gardner Minshew, Washington State
Height: 6’0 7/8
Weight: 225 lbs
Minshew produced excellent numbers in Mike Leach’s Air Raid scheme. He is a timing passer who displays great accuracy on film. Like Derek Carr, Minshew seems to shy away from throwing deep and prefers to rely on check-downs and live to stay on the field.
Gruden’s offense is built around check-downs and keeping the offense on the field. Many fans reading this are groaning but thats the reality of Gruden’s system. Minshew is a smart football player who protects the football, only throwing 9 INTs on 662 pass attempts this previous season. Minshew is also famous for his personality and charisma. A team will fall in love with Minshew and make him a selection on day 2.
Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State
Height: 6’3 3/8
Weight: 231 lbs
If Mayock and Gruden said Carr is the franchise, why should Raiders fans pay attention to Haskins this weekend? Trait bait. The top of the draft will see at least 1 massive trade scenario for a QB needy team to move up and get their guy. Kyler Murray is one of those guys and the consensus right now is that Haskins in the other.
Haskins reportedly is ready to tear the combine up and will compete for a chance to be the first QB selected in the NFL draft. Predicting trades on draft day is a fools errand but there will be movement in the top 10, and the Raiders could be a benefactor of such a scenario.