Insider Suggests Raiders Might Have to Move Up in the Draft if they want J.J. McCarthy

It’s almost a foregone conclusion that the Raiders are going to take a big swing at quarterback in the draft.

The problem for Antonio Pierce and company is that there are a minimum of six teams that pick ahead of the Raiders in the first round of the draft that will also be in the market for a quarterback.

It’s a great year to need a quarterback in the draft, but the demand is still going to exceed the supply.

The Raiders might be a team willing to move up in the draft, but the cost to move up to one of the top three picks is going to be significant – probably even more than it has been in previous years.

As a result, many mock drafts have been showing Michigan quarterback J.J. McCarthy being drafted by the Raiders with the 13th-overall pick, but even that scenario might be a pipe dream for the Raiders.

Sports Illustrated insider Hondo Carpenter thinks there’s a good chance that McCarthy will already be off the board when the Raiders pick at 13.

“Talking to every team, the consensus is that [quarterbacks] are going to go quick, and there are some who think J.J. McCarthy after pro days and interviews is going to skyrocket into the top five, as well,” Hondo said on the Las Vegas Raiders Insider podcast. “I’ve had three teams tell me that they think J.J. McCarthy is one of the top two quarterbacks. One told me they think he is the best and two told me they thought he was the second [best].”

For what it’s worth, there are a lot of media personalities jumping on the McCarthy draft train and it’s barely the second week of February.

The consensus seems to be that McCarthy translates well to the NFL, and he didn’t get an opportunity at Michigan to show a lot of his athletic abilities.

Benjamin Allbright on Twitter: “League is definitely higher on McCarthy (top 10) and lower on Nix/Penix (day2/3) than media/fans according to the people I talk to. / Twitter”

League is definitely higher on McCarthy (top 10) and lower on Nix/Penix (day2/3) than media/fans according to the people I talk to.

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