Somebody might want to tell the Oakland Raiders they're still the Oakland Raiders. When did they suddenly start drafting well?
The "Silver and Black" grabbed defensive stud Khalil Mack at No. 5 on Day 1, which was universally viewed as a massive success. Oakland followed that up with Derek Carr at No. 36 on Friday night:
Former Cleveland Browns general manager Phil Savage and NFL Network's Rich Eisen were both fans of what the Raiders have done so far:
Some draft experts had Carr in the first round. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Raiders went even further, putting him at the top of their wish list. And here they got him in the second round. It doesn't get much better than that:
Of course, Carr is far from a sure thing. Some wondered if playing at Fresno State helped to inflate his stats and performance. NFL.com's Michael Fabiano argued that most Bulldogs quarterbacks haven't been able to fully make the jump to the NFL:
Bryan Fischer of NFL.com doesn't want to hear about quality of competition, though, considering Teddy Bridgewater and Blake Bortles have largely avoided the same kind of criticism:
Carr's college numbers are certainly impressive, as ESPN's Chris Mortensen helps highlight:
In addition, former NFL MVP Kurt Warner believes that the Fresno State signal-caller has one of the best arms in the draft, via NFL.com's Ian Rapoport:
That's the good.
The bad is that Carr still has little talent around him in Oakland. Sports on Earth's Michael Tanier wondered if he was better off with the Bulldogs:
Carr also struggled under heavy pressure, according to ESPN Stats & Info. Given the Raiders' problems in pass protection last year, he may not be afforded a ton of time in the pocket:
Raiders fans have had few reasons to cheer over the last decade or so, and most of that has been a result of the team's inability to draft well. You can't build a winning team without nailing your draft picks.
Things seem to be changing in Oakland, though. Between Carr and Mack, the Raiders couldn't have done much better with their first two selections.
Oakland also has veteran Matt Schaub on the roster, so the team has flexibility and time for the rookie to get comfortable. If they can add another playmaker to the receiving corps and continue to bolster the offensive line, Carr could potentially be in a good position in time.