While the Las Vegas Raiders still have four games to play, it’s already NFL Draft season in Las Vegas as the team heads into Week 15 at 5-8. Many Raiders fans have already begun staking their claims for who they want the next quarterback to be, and ESPN’s draft analyst Matt Miller recently weighed in, predicting Michigan’s J.J. McCarthy will be the Silver and Black’s first-round selection.
“Could the Raiders roll with Aidan O’Connell in 2024? Sure, but all signs right now point to them starting over at quarterback with a new regime in place,” Miller wrote in his mock draft that was published Tuesday morning. “McCarthy is instinctive, efficient and effective as a second-effort creator outside of the pocket. The Michigan scheme does him no favors in terms of statistics, but NFL scouts continue to tell me that McCarthy will be drafted earlier than expected.”
For context, Miller’s mock had the Raiders drafting seventh overall based on how ESPN’s Football Power Index projects how the rest of the season will shake out.
Heading into the College Football Playoffs, McCarthy has completed 74.2 percent of his passes for 2,630 yards and 19 touchdowns with four interceptions in addition to 146 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns this season. That’s where the analyst’s comments about the Michigan scheme not doing the quarterback’s statistics any favors stem from as McCarthy’s numbers certainly pale in comparison to other propsects’.
However, Miller had the Chicago Bears taking Caleb Williams No. 1 overall, then Drake Maye to the New England Patriots and the New York Giants taking Jayden Daniels off the board. So, the Raiders ended up with the fourth quarterback of the draft class.
What say you? And would you be in favor of Las Vegas keeping the Michigan QB and head coach tandem together by also hiring Jim Harbaugh?
In other Raiders’ links:
- More Raiders QB draft talk: “It’s time for the Raiders to do what they should’ve done last offseason: draft their quarterback of the future,” The Athletic’s Tashan Reed wrote. “USC’s Caleb Williams and North Carolina’s Drake Maye are considered the two best quarterback prospects expected to be in the 2024 draft class, but it’ll be tough for the Raiders to get in position to pick either.”
- Should Maxx Crosby and Josh Jacobs be shut down?: “Jacobs is a tough guy, but there is no reason for him to play again for the Las Vegas Raiders this season, and he should take Maxx Crosby with him,” Vic Tafur of The Athletic said. “...Risking the franchise player to spray some cologne on a 5-8 season makes no sense.”
- Key matchups vs Chargers: Rookie tight end Michael Mayer could be in for a big day if the offense can get going.
- Week 14 rookie watch: “The Raiders moved [Tyree] Wilson around some and he was even lining up against the center at times,” Silver and Black Pride’s Bill Williamson wrote. “It will be interesting to see if that continues down the stretch. He played 51 percent of the snaps against Minnesota, equaling his season high and he had a season-high four tackles.”