Dan Orlovsky Says Raiders Have “No Shot” If They Don’t Move Up in the Draft for a Quarterback

The Raiders have a big decision coming at the quarterback position in the offseason, and at least one NFL analyst believes the only viable option to win now is to draft a ‘freakazoid’ at quarterback.

ESPN draft analyst Dan Orlovsky believes the Raiders are in a unique position where they are going into the 2024 season with a solid defense and plenty of impact players on offense.

What he wants to see them do now is make an aggressive move to get to the top of the draft, presumably for Caleb Williams, Drake Maye or Jayden Daniels.

“You got to go jump if you’re Las Vegas,” Orlovsky said on the Pat McAfee Show this week.

“You’ve got a good talented defense. I think Antonio Pierce is going to have that group playing incredibly tough. You’ve got to go get a quarterback. You have no shot in that division. You have no shot if you don’t get a guy. I’m talking about a freakazoid. Because Justin [Herbert] is going to play awesome. You know they have Patrick [Mahomes], so they would be the one team that I would say… you have to go up in the draft and get a guy.”

Pat McAfee on Twitter: “”The Raiders have a talented defense and Antonio Pierce has that group playing incredibly tough..They have to move up in the draft to go and get a Quarterback” ~ @danorlovsky7 #PMSLive pic.twitter.com/r7wH4i2GfO / Twitter”

“The Raiders have a talented defense and Antonio Pierce has that group playing incredibly tough..They have to move up in the draft to go and get a Quarterback” ~ @danorlovsky7 #PMSLive pic.twitter.com/r7wH4i2GfO

As for the top free agent quarterback on the market, McAfee brought up the idea of the Raiders adding Kirk Cousins.

Orlovsky wasn’t impressed.

“Not enough,” Orlovsky said, suggesting the Raiders need to draft someone with a higher ceiling than Cousins.

If the Raiders stay at pick 13, there’s a good chance that four quarterbacks will be off the board when they are on the clock.

The Bears, Commanders, Patriots, Falcons, Jets and Broncos draft ahead of the Raiders in round one and all six teams are strong candidates to take a quarterback.

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7 thoughts on “Dan Orlovsky Says Raiders Have “No Shot” If They Don’t Move Up in the Draft for a Quarterback

  1. Aidan O’Connell was better than every rookie except Stroud. Advice from DO is unnecessary.

  2. The Raiders already have a QB, it’s Aiden O’Connell. He needs a couple of years to sit behind a guy like Cousins, (same skill-set, just more experienced) and learn how to be the pro he will become. Orlovsky is one of those “go for the shiny objects” kinda people. That’s sort of like going for Josh McDaniels as coach. It’d be good to know what his take on that hire was when it happened.
    If the Raiders give up on Aiden O’Connell, it’ll be the worst mistake they’ve made since taking JaMarcus Russell with the 1st overall pick.

    1. Rand, Orlovsky’s take on the McDaniels hiring was pretty “iffy” but turned positive once he moved away from Carr. For whatever that’s worth.

    2. AOC is not good. He didn’t have enough flashes to say he’s a starter in the NFL. I like him as a backup. But he’s no game changer

  3. Sharp guy but I do believe a couple of the “other guys” can be everything we hope to have. A fine comparison is Purdy, Mr. Irrelevant recently and look where he is! And the top guy last year bombed! Hopefully he’ll make it one day as he was a stud but looks can be deceiving. Penix, Nix and JJ all have that “it” factor. A little scared about past injuries but love Penix. Bo Nix has been a real leader with Oregon, is it the system? Partly but does show he is trainable and with proper coaching and receivers, etc. he can be awesome. So yes we can make it work with one of these guys without giving up the family farm!

  4. The Raiders would have to trade up to the number 4, 5, 6, or 7 to get the 4th QB IN draft. I highly doubt they will get 1-3 to deal as I believe those teams will be looking to add a QB unless the Bears are satisfied with Fields which is another highly doubtful assumption.
    With that being the case I believe it is crazy for the Raiders to give up what would be required to move up for 4th QB or higher in draft.
    The Raiders should either roll with Aiden, try n land free agent, or trade for one of the decent back ups. The Raiders would then need to expect that their new OC is better than advertised n can creatively guide Aiden or another QB to productive season. If the OC is garbage n the Raiders D cannot make up for the deficiencies of OC then the Raiders may as well be ready to draft a QB next season. The cost to make that move (if could get to 1-3 from teams needing QB’s the price even more ridiculous) would be too much.
    The Raiders should have smarter people involved in scouting n talent evaluators because every year there is some guy out there who possesses the skill set to be special but Raiders have lacked that ability for as long as I can remember.
    Lets not forget also that the Raiders, if planning to be old school running team best focus on having the right Offensive line. The Raiders have some holes to fill and are in dire need of making as few mistakes with draft, free agents, undrafted players, etc…

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