I have to give Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie and head coach Dennis Allen a ton of credit for their trade of washed-up, selfish quarterback Carson Palmer to Arizona. Palmer should never have been acquired by former coach Hue Jackson, so kudos to McKenzie and Allen for making the move.
I also liked their trade for Seahawks quarterback Matt Flynn. While Flynn isn't a world-beater, he's definitely above-average and will provide the Raiders with some fire sorely needed at the position.
With that said, the Raiders should be drafting a quarterback with one of their first four selections.
Oakland is going to be bad in 2013, very bad, regardless of who the quarterback is. It would be a stunner if the Raiders weren't picking in the top five of next year's draft as well.
The Raiders, on the seventh level of salary cap hell and with the flames constantly licking their efforts to improve the roster, desperately need to add young talent. Drafting a young quarterback and grooming him to trade him would be a smart decision by McKenzie and Allen.
I don't think Oakland will select a quarterback with the third overall pick, but I do expect them to draft one in the first four rounds. They absolutely should.
Once that's done, the Raiders can start on the "Suck for Bridgewater" (hey, YOU think of something that rhymes with Bridgewater) campaign, as Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater looks to be the most coveted signal-caller in next year's draft.