Having acquired Matt Schaub, the Raiders do have some flexibility in regard to which direction they go with their first-round selection. Taking a quarterback is no longer a given, and they could focus on more immediate needs instead.
That said, Schaub will turn 33 before the 2014 season gets under way. Even if he does play the way he has in the past, he is unlikely to be much of a long-term option.
Instead, expect Oakland to target a quarterback in the middle rounds of this draft and have him learn behind Schaub for a few seasons before getting a chance to start.
One of the more intriguing options—and one who could be available in the third or fourth round—is San Jose State’s David Fales.
He had a productive collegiate career. While his arm strength will be the main concern heading into the NFL, his accuracy and anticipation do a lot to make up for it.
Although the Schaub trade has somewhat decreased the chances of the Raiders going with a quarterback in the first round, picking one later on in the draft remains a significant possibility.
Fales is one of several options, and Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie was on hand to watch his impressive pro-day performance.