Raiders Reportedly Had Surprise Quarterback Near the Top of their Draft Board

Prior to the draft, there weren’t many mock drafts that had the Raiders taking Georgia tight end Brock Bowers with the 13th-overall pick, but that’s exactly how it played out for Tom Telesco and company on Thursday evening.

Oregon State offensive tackle Taliese Fuaga was one of the popular projections for the Raiders in round one, and according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, there were several quarterbacks in play, as well.

“In a room where coach Antonio Pierce, general manager Tom Telesco and team owner Mark Davis were joined by more than 20 scouts, the Raiders, picking 13th, had expected to consider a ‘second wave’ of first-round QB prospects that included Michigan’s J.J. McCarthy, Washington’s Michael Penix Jr. and Oregon’s Bo Nix,” Fowler reported on Monday.

But if Penix and McCarthy were both on the board at pick 13, it sounds like the Raiders would have taken Penix.

“A Raiders source said the team would have considered Penix at No. 13, more so than McCarthy or Nix, but he was long gone by then,” Fowler continued.

Penix was one of the surprise picks in the first round when he went to the Atlanta Falcons with the 8th-overall pick, and for better or worse, the Raiders were probably the next most-likely team to take Penix if the Falcons hadn’t drafted him.

Instead, the Raiders left the draft with one of the most exciting tight end prospects the league has seen in years and the team still appears to have significant needs on the roster at offensive tackle and cornerback.

The Raiders might not have “reached” with the selection of Bowers, but offensive tackle D.J. Glaze in round three might have been a little early and fourth-round pick Decamerion Richardson isn’t projected by many to be an instant starter in the league.

And that’s the way it sometimes works in the NFL. When you don’t overdraft players in the early rounds, it can lead to players being taken a little earlier than projected to fill needs in the later rounds.

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1 thought on “Raiders Reportedly Had Surprise Quarterback Near the Top of their Draft Board

  1. Brock Bowers gives the Raiders many options. He can play in the slot, he can line up in the backfield or he can block if needed. He has great speed. Teams have to cover him which leaves the other tight end wide open. It can also give the wide recievers a chance at one on one. Stay tuned!!!!

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