I’ve never been of the mind that it was a real possibility and I’m a “never say never” type when it comes to NFL moves. Any team can do anything, and, sure ... it is possible the Raiders take a quarterback at either No. 12 or No. 19.
We all know the Raiders have had pre-draft video visits with Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert and Utah State quarterback Jordan Love. Both are likely to be drafted in the first round.
But it seems like the Raiders are satisfied with Derek Carr and they have Marcus Mariota to help develop in case Carr gets hurt or falters.
So, if I had to guess when/if the Raiders take a quarterback, I think it will be in the third round, at the earliest.
We previously looked at prospects like Jalen Hurts (Oklahoma), Jacob Eason (Washington) and James Morgan (Florida International).
I believe the Raiders could grab any of these players. Hurts, however, is probably headed for the second round and the Raiders don’t currently have a second-round pick. The Chargers and Packers are also reportedly hot on him.
Another quarterback the Raiders may consider in the mid rounds is Georgia’s Jake Fromm. He has reportedly impressed coaches with his arm and his intelligence. We all know Jon Gruden likes smart quarterbacks so perhaps the Raiders will feel good about using one of their three third-round picks on Fromm.
I think that is more likely, at this point than Gruden taking Herbert or Love in the first round.