Gruden: Raiders Thought About Trading Up, But Not For Kyler Murray

For the first time since not drafting Kyler Murray, Raiders head coach Jon Gruden addressed the Raiders decision to not draft Kyler Murray.

“We all loved Murray,” Gruden told NBC Sports’ Peter King. “That doesn’t mean we were gonna take him. How do you not love his performance, his playing style, what he accomplished? I had a blast with him [when the Raiders worked him out pre-draft in Dallas]. We didn’t think about going up to number one. We did look at [Nick] Bosa, [Quinnen] Williams, but not going to one. We did our homework on the quarterbacks. You gotta know who’s coming into the league at that position. There was a lot of speculation that we were gonna take a quarterback. I kept watching a guy on NFL Network saying we’re going up to get Murray. Then he says we’re going up to get Haskins. Then he says we’re going up to get Lock. We’re trading Carr. I don’t understand it.”

Aside from Murray, there were also rumors surrounding former Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins. The Athletic’s Vic Tafur even said he thought the Raiders might try to trade up and draft Haskins. The Raiders ultimately passed on trading up for Murray and didn’t make a play for Haskins, either. But interestingly, Gruden did admit to considering a move up to draft Nick Bosa or Quinnen Williams – a good indication that Clelin Ferrell probably wasn’t right next to Bosa and Williams on the Raiders draft board (as Mike Mayock seemed to imply shortly after the draft).

As for the quarterback the Raiders didn’t trade, Derek Carr seems to be particularly satisfied with his new supporting cast. The Raiders added a starter-caliber guard in Richie Incognito and Antonio Brown is apparently playing at a different speed than his teammates…

Is it football season yet?

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