As we near the end of the 2013 NFL regular season, talk surrounding the Oakland Raiders has already shifted to the off-season and who the Raiders are likely to pick up, especially in the draft. Most people expect the Raiders to take a QB early in the draft and there are numerous options for them.
Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater, Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel, and Fresno State’s Derek Carr are all expected to be taken near the top of the draft, but ESPN’s Todd McShay has the Raiders taking UCF’s Blake Bortles with third pick in his most recent mock draft:
The Raiders need to upgrade at the QB position, and even though he isn’t the most well-known prospect, Bortles has the potential to be a top-10 pick. In fact, it wouldn’t shock me if he ends up going ahead of Bridgewater. Bortles has good size, arm strength and accuracy, and has proved he can win from inside the pocket. He also possesses good character and a strong football IQ. A nice bonus is that he’s built to last in the NFL because he’s big and mobile enough to move around. He isn’t Cam Newton, but more of a cross between Joe Flacco and Ben Roethlisberger.
It seems to be a good bet that the Raiders will be taking a quarterback with their first round pick as this isn’t the first mock draft that has the Raiders taking a QB. With so many options the Raiders must do their due diligence on all of them to ensure that they get the right guy to lead their franchise.
Their recent slide has pushed them all the way up to the third pick meaning just about any one of those QBs could be options so the future is looking bright for the Raiders. You can’t win in this league without a great QB and the Raiders look set to find theirs soon.