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Could Raiders add Carr at No. 36?

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Might there be a new Carr in the Raiders immediate future?


When the NFL draft reconvenes Friday at 4 p.m., the Raiders have the fourth selection at No. 36 overall, and if no team trades to move ahead of them, chances are the record-setting Fresno State quarterback will be there for the taking.

Houston, which opens at No. 33, once upon a time drafted Carr’s brother David as the first pick in the history of the franchise. It didn’t go well, and it seems unlikely they want to revisit history to a skeptical fan base.

Washington is up next and already has Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins. Out of the first round, the Redskins aren’t shopping for a quarterback with their first pick of 2014. Cleveland, at No. 35, already selected Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel in the first round at No. 22.

The brings up the Raiders, with general manager Reggie McKenzie and coach Dennis Allen both stating publicly they’d like to bring in a young quarterback to go along with veteran free agent Matt Schaub and second-year player Matt McGloin.

Carr finished a decorated career with a flourish in Fresno State’s spread offense, passing for 5,083 yards and 50 touchdowns with eight interceptions. It was at least a mild surprise he fell out of Round 1, with Blake Bortles Central Florida going to Jacksonville at No. 3, Manziel to the Browns at No. 22 and Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater closing out the first round by going to Minnesota.

There have been unconfirmed reports of the Raiders having a serious interest in Carr to the point where there was speculation he could be targeted if they had moved back in the first round.

Instead, the Raiders stayed put and landed linebacker Khalil Mack, who is tentatively scheduled to arrive at the facility Friday.

If another team moves up to take Carr, or the Raiders are looking elsewhere and seeking to get their quarterback farther down the line _ they’ve been linked with Pittsburgh’s Tom Savage _ they could look to fill another void.

Some possibilities at No. 36:

— Wide receivers Marquise Lee of USC and Devonte Adams of Fresno State.

Lee’s stats because of injuries and poor play at quarterback following the graduation of Matt Barkley. At 6-foot, 192 pounds, Lee was forecast to go as early as No. 22 by ESPN’s Chris Mortenson, only to fall out of the first round. As the Pac-12’s freshman of the year in 2011, he caught 73 passes for 1,143 yards and 11 touchdowns and followed that up with 118 receptions for 1,721 yards and 14 touchdowns in winning the Fred Biletnikoff award and the Pac-12 offensive player of the year.

Last season, Lee had 57 receptions for 794 yards and four touchdowns as the Trojans struggled at quarterback and Lee had a sore knee.

Adams, Carr’s teammate at Fresno State and a graduate of Palo Alto High, is bigger at 6-2, 216 and caught 22 touchdown passes in 26 career games. He caught 131 passes for 1,645 yards and 24 touchdowns, with a skill set that has been compared to James Jones, the veteran former Green Bay Packers the Raiders added as a free agent in the offseason.

— Alabama tackle Cyrus Kouandijo, who at 6-foot-7 and 322 pounds, is imposing, athletic and played well in the college football’s top training ground for facing defensive linemen _ the Southeastern Conference.

— UCLA guard Xavier Su’a-Filo, a 6-4, 307 pound former Eagle scout who is considered polished enough to play right away.

— A running back to put in the mix with Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew, with Ohio State’s Carlos Hyde, Washington’s Bishop Sankey, LSU’s Jeremy Hill and Auburn’s Tre Mason all opening the day available.

No running backs were taken in Round 1 for second year in a row. Until last season, when no running backs were chosen, at least one running back had went in the first round in every year from 1967 through 2012.

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Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • plunkhead

    Feel free to correct me if I am wrong. But this draft is a little unusual. Reggie has a chance to draft another “blue chipper”.
    It seems as if a couple top 15 players have fallen back.
    Why trade back if you are about to grab a early first rounder.
    WOOHOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • irjonny

    yay!!

  • eastoaklandraider

    I’m with you, but i’m not trading up to get him.

  • irjonny

    yep. if we trade back it had better be good, and hopefully another player of that caliber falls to us

  • Dakota

    Correct. Two first rounders better than picking up an extra third rounder.

  • What would have been more awesome is if the NFL announced the suspension 10 minutes after the Browns picked today.

  • Beast Raider

    Throw your votes in for the second pick.

    Derek Carr

  • There are some REAL imbeciles on this blog, non Raider fans, just here to stir the pot. Smh

  • Mary Kay Cabot ‏@MaryKayCabot 6m

    Source tells http://Cleveland.com the #browns have known about Gordon’s positive test for 2 weeks.
    ****************************
    Guess not

  • 24

    Khalil Mack plays LOLB and ROLB right? They moved him around? Is he projected to be our ROLB and replace Kevin Burnett in this situation? He doesn’t need to put a hand down because Lamarr Woodley will be RDE right? So…

    LDE – Justin Tuck
    LOLB – Sio Moore

    RDE – LaMarr Woodley
    ROLB – Khalil Mack

  • irjonny

    Derek Carr

  • inonewordraider

    we’re gonna regret it bro, he’s worth giving up a late round pick for

  • inonewordraider

    HOPE it’s lee

  • SnBG

    Possible and he gives Tarver the ability to use Roach and Burnett’s strengths.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    Where does Cleveland pick in the second round?

  • inonewordraider

    mack +lee =best raider draft in my lifetime

  • Miamiraider78

    Get use to it. Some of them post here often!

    Go Raiders!

  • 24

    I’m just thinking that we have more pass rushers than I’ve seen for sometime. I hope it works.

  • marks hair

    Lee is getting over rated apparently

  • Lee

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    I saw a piece on Lee the other night. they were fairly convinced that he was using the wrong muscles and that that’s what led to his injuries.
    Biomechanics training. I don’t know if he’ll ever be the same as that one great year, though.

  • Nwr8r

    right before us

  • 1960AutumnWind

    After the flurry odf season ticket sales for Manziel.

  • irjonny

    injury. some teams have him off their board completely

  • Dakota

    Yeah, he kind of flopped at USC didn’t he? Or at least underachieve right?

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    No live chat today with Stevie?

  • marks hair

    don’t know about flopped.. but there’s not a big gap between him and the other receivers in this round

  • Miamiraider78

    We need a Beast DT to occupy blocks and free up the dogs!

  • marks hair

    New post

  • Dakota

    New post

  • SnBG

    Depth baby, just depth/

  • inonewordraider

    you guys think Robert woods Is pretty good? lee took his lunch money

  • SnBG

    Carr

  • GG

    Trade back, collect picks, draft one of the tall CBs (baptiste), then garoppolo, then the other tall CB (mcgill). dont need WR.

  • Marqise lee is explosive with the ball in his hands. Just watch the film.

  • 24

    Who would you compare Marquise Lee to?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIjzTV0r1po

  • 24

    Pat Sims is back.

  • irjonny

    Will Carroll

    @injuryexpert
    1h
    Another
    draftee that fell significantly is Marqise Lee. Several teams scared of
    his knee. Source I spoke with said “half the league is out.”

  • eastoaklandraider

    Well its about that time folks, Lets see the gift RM has for us!!!

  • At 36 I want the WR from Serra Gardena High home grown play maker Marqise Lee

  • Blackholepriest

    Pot for a football player is like an aspirin for a headache. They need it medicinally for pain and relaxation. It’s a violent sport it ain’t baseball and basketball.

  • irjonny

    why does everyone think that we need to draft CB? We signed two good veterans and took Hayden last year. if it’s BPA then fine. but don’t act like its a need, its a luxury. 7th rounder Aaron Colvin

  • Just saying watching Lee interview right now he’s rocking the Silver
    And Black tie

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Made it back and fixed the internet problem just in time. Did I miss any thing over the last two hours?

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    It’s not a big need, but a moderate one according to Levi, and I agree.

  • SnBG

    Saw that Duluth clothing comm where the Llama spits on the guy.

  • RaidingTexas

    JFB continuing to sulk about Manziel. SnBG nonstop jerking over Carr. Otherwise nothing.

  • Blackholepriest

    Sammy Watkins, just a lil smaller slower

  • scooboy

    Besides Josh Gordon being suspended all season for failing his 2nd test. Than no.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Missed that.