Now that the Las Vegas Raiders have officially moved on from nine-year starting quarterback Derek Carr, it’s time to start thinking about who would look good under center in Silver and Black. If the Raiders opt to turn to the NFL Draft for their next quarterback, Ohio State’s CJ Stroud will be one of their top options.
During an interview with the Boardroom, Stroud was asked what NFL wide receiver he would love to team up with, and he responded:
“Ah man, this almost got me in trouble earlier. Uhhh, I don’t want to stir up the pot. Retired receivers, I’m going Chad Ochocinco. Routes! If you know anything about who Ochocinco loves, that’ll give you your answer. So if you watch Ochcocino, who his favorite route-runner is in the league, that’s who I would like to throw to.”
While we’ll likely never know for sure, the Ohio State product is presumptively talking about Raiders wide receiver Davante Adams.
Following the breadcrumbs that Stroud dropped, Ochocinco has raved about Adams’ route running several times. Ochocinco posted a video of himself crying after watching tape of Adams running routes when he was still with the packers. This summer, the legendary wideout was moved to tears again by the video below.
Davante Adams’ route running makes @ochocinco emotional pic.twitter.com/u5i6jTAOv4— PFF (@PFF) August 7, 2022
So, it certainly seems like Stroud is subtly trying to say he’d like to team up with the All-Pro wideout next season. Hard to blame him, I’m sure just about every quarterback does, especially a rookie.
Whether or not the Raiders are able to make the Buckeye’s dream come true could be a different story. A few mock drafts have sent Stroud to Las Vegas, however, the general consensus seems to be that he won’t make it past the Indianapolis Colts/the fourth pick overall.
In other words, general manager Dave Ziegler will likely have to do some wheeling and dealing to make this pairing happen.
In other Radiers’ links:
- Raiders drawing 2024 Super Bowl bets: with the presumption being that Aaron Rodgers is the team’s starting quarterback, the Las Vegas Review-Journal is reporting that the Silver and Black are receiving the early money for next season’s championship.
- Who is the Raiders’ next QB: ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez explores the team’s options now that Carr is officially gone.
- Veterans on the chopping block: “There are rumblings that Las Vegas will reset parts of its roster in the mold of coach Josh McDaniels and general manager Dave Ziegler,” ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported. “It wouldn’t surprise if the Raiders trade or release a few veterans as a result.”
- End of an era: our Bill Williamson takes a look at Carr’s nine-year run as the Raiders’ QB.