You know the old saying — if you have seven quarterbacks, you don’t have one quarterback. The Oakland Raiders are hoping rookie Derek Carr of Fresno State changes all of that, making him the first QB taken in his draft class to earn a starting gig after awarding him the job (if playing quarterback for the Raiders can accurately be described as an award) on Monday.
Certainly, Oakland is overdue to land on someone. In the last three drafts, the Raiders have shuffled eight picks to acquire seven different quarterbacks before landing on Carr.
Here’s your primer:
2012 NFL Draft
1. First pick traded to the Bengals in mid-2011 for Carson Palmer.
2. Jason Campbell traded to the Bears for a fourth-round pick.
3. The team’s third-round pick was forfeited because it had been used to take Terrelle Pryor in the third round of the 2011 Supplemental Draft.
How that all worked out: Cincy used its extra pick to take cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick. Palmer started for the Raiders and did OK, throwing for over 4,000 yards with 22 touchdowns and 14 interceptions, but didn’t have much around him. He was traded to Arizona in the offseason.
Pryor is not on any NFL team as you read this.
2013 NFL Draft
4. Carson Palmer traded along with a seventh-round pick to Cardinals for a sixth-round pick. The Bengals also still had a second-round pick from Oakland that came as part of Palmer’s trade TO the Raiders.
5. Raiders select Tyler Wilson from Arkansas in fourth round.
How that all worked out: The Bengals used the second-round pick to select running back Giovanni Bernard, who is now their starter and a potential future Pro Bowler. Oakland traded its sixth-round pick to Houston and selected tight end Mychal Rivera and defensive end David Bass with those picks. Bass was released and is now on the Bears. Rivera caught a touchdown pass before suffering a concussion in November.
Wilson didn’t even make the roster out of training camp.
2014 NFL Draft
6. Remember Matt Flynn? The Raiders got him from Seattle in 2013 in exchange for a fifth-round pick in the 2014 draft.
7. Remember Matt Schaub? The Raiders got him from Houston in March in exchange for their sixth-round pick.
8. And for good measure Oakland took Derek Carr in the second round.
How that all worked out: Flynn took over for Pryor in 2013 after he suffered a concussion. Flynn sucked badly enough to be bumped to third string behind undrafted Matt McGloin when Pryor came back and was released on Oct. 7.
With only McGloin back in 2014, the Raiders pulled the trigger to get Schaub, then drafted Carr, who would presumably be groomed by the veteran and take over in the future. But after their respective preseasons, the future is now for Carr and the Raiders. And if he’s better than his predecessors, we won’t be having this conversation again until at least 2015.