Tom Brady says he’s ‘not opposed’ to playing again, mentions Raiders

Is Tom Brady getting the itch to play again?
The seven-time Super Bowl champion indicated this week during an appearance on the DeepCut with VicBlends podcast that he would listen if a team called at some point during the season and offered him a chance to play again.
“I’m not opposed to it,” Brady said.
The 46-year-old, who retired after the 2022 season after playing 23 years in the NFL, then mentioned the Raiders and Patriots when asked which teams he would consider playing for.
“Raiders could be … you never know,” Brady said.

Brady has a connection to the Raiders. He has been in talks with owner Mark Davis for almost a year about purchasing a limited partnership stake in the club.
The bid is in the hands of the NFL, which is reviewing the purchase’s deal points. The league’s finance committee has not approved the deal to go to full ownership for a vote.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was asked about the prolonged process in March at the league’s owners meetings in Orlando, Florida.
“I wouldn’t say it’s a delay,” Goodell said. “We go through a very thorough process. We’ve been in touch with their side. I think it’s been making progress.”
If Brady’s purchase is approved, it would automatically eliminate the possibility of returning to the playing field. The NFL forbids players from owning any stake in a team.
Brady touched on the potential of a dual ownership/playing role on the podcast.
“I don’t know if they’re going to let me if I become an owner of an NFL team,” he said. “I’m always going to be in good shape, always going to be able to throw the ball.”
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Raiders mailbag: Is team done adding on the offensive line?

The closer the NFL draft gets, the more questions Raiders fans have about the prospects of landing a quarterback April 25.
All possibilities are in play as the team pursues its next face of the franchise. That means trading up, staying put at the 13th overall pick and anything in between.
Here is a sampling of what arrived in this week’s mailbag:
Matt Berger (@matt_berger): If the Raiders were to trade up to No. 2 or 3, do you think it would’ve happened by now with two weeks left before the draft?
Vincent Bonsignore: Not necessarily. The Rams traded up to acquire the first overall pick in 2016 on April 14. It’s not unusual for teams to consummate deals closer to the draft.
There are reasons the Raiders may need to wait to trade up. It’s still unclear who the Commanders are going to take with the second overall pick. If the Raiders are trying to acquire No. 3 from the Patriots, for example, they can’t close the deal until they know if Washington is grabbing a quarterback they like.
Karl (@Rayderfan25): Will the Raiders add any free agents to the offensive line?
Bonsignore: The Raiders will almost certainly use free agency to shore up their offensive line. But they will likely wait until after the draft.
The Raiders have to see if they can add any prospects from a deep class of offensive linemen. That will give them a better idea of what their remaining needs are.
The veteran free agents that are available are going to want to wait as well. That way they can see which teams still have holes after the draft and which ones have crowded depth charts.
Bigtime (@Bigtimechuck87): Do you think a draft-day trade happens to move to No. 4 if Caleb Williams, J.J. McCarthy and Drake Maye are the first three players taken?
Bonsignore: The Raiders would be aggressive in trying to move up in that scenario. They’d try to make a deal to acquire Louisiana State quarterback Jayden Daniels.
Eric (@BigE4203): If the Raiders cannot move up, will they stay put at 13 or look to move back in the draft?
Bonsignore: They could move down if they believe one of their top targets will still be available later on. But that would require another team wanting to move up to No. 13.
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Raiders’ QB options in 2024 draft: Is Pac-12 product fallback option?

The tricky part about evaluating Bo Nix is reconciling the two different players he was in college.
There was the Auburn Nix and then there was the one fans watched at Oregon the past two years. What scouts are trying to determine is why the most recent version of Nix was so much more successful.
Did he develop into a more efficient player with the Ducks? Or was he the beneficiary of a quarterback-friendly system and a better supporting cast?
The answer is likely somewhere in the middle. But evaluators must determine which version of Nix is going to show up at the next level.
Teams will covet his athleticism, accuracy and ball security. But there are questions about how effective he can be in an NFL offense that won’t have many similarities to the one he ran at Oregon.
Here’s a closer look at the final quarterback in the Review-Journal’s weeklong series examining the top prospects the Raiders are studying:
Bo Nix
2023 stats
Played 14 games and completed 77.4 percent of his passes for 4,508 yards while throwing 45 touchdowns and three interceptions.
Nix, listed at 6-foot-2, 214 pounds, is a well-built quarterback.
He also showed great improvement in college. The 24-year-old struggled with accuracy his first three collegiate seasons at Auburn, but he was much sharper throughout his tenure with the Ducks.
Nix brings plenty of experience to the position. He started 61 games in college and has been through plenty of ups and downs. His ability to learn from his mistakes and grow into a much better player is something NFL teams will view as a positive.
Nix’s athleticism shows up when he plays as well. He can scramble out of trouble and throw on the move. There are offensive packages teams can design for him as a runner.
Another thing teams will like is Nix’s ability to protect the football. He never threw more than seven interceptions during his five seasons in college.
Oregon’s offense asked Nix to get rid of the ball fast.
That led to him looking uncomfortable when making reads beyond his first target. He always appeared to be rushed rather than calm in those situations.
Nix can also sometimes rely too heavily on his arm. His accuracy wanes when his footwork and fundamentals aren’t precise.
There are questions about whether Nix can consistently drive the ball downfield as well. He doesn’t have a cannon for an arm.
Why he fits the Raiders
New offensive coordinator Luke Getsy is bringing a system to Las Vegas that should fit an accurate passer who can get rid of the ball quickly like Nix.
The Raiders could benefit from having a quarterback with a point-guard mentality given all the weapons they have. Nix’s athleticism would also bring a new dimension to the offense.
Why he doesn’t fit
Coach Antonio Pierce wants the Raiders to be a physical, run-based offense that takes downfield shots off play-action fakes. Nix could be successful in that kind of system, but other quarterbacks in this draft class may be a better fit.
What they’re saying
“He shows touch to layer the ball over linebackers and under safeties. He is accurate on designed rollouts. He does need to improve habits under duress, though. … He’s an urgent athlete and is effective as a runner, especially on zone reads. His coaches rave about his leadership and toughness. Overall, Nix’s combination of competitiveness, intelligence and experience reminds me of Jalen Hurts coming out of college.”– Daniel Jeremiah, NFL media draft analyst
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QB draft profile series
The Review-Journal takes a look at the Raiders’ quarterback options in the 2024 NFL draft.
Sunday: Raiders QB history
Monday: Caleb Williams
Tuesday: Drake Maye
Wednesday: Jayden Daniels
Thursday: J.J. McCarthy
Friday: Michael Penix Jr.
Saturday: Bo Nix […]


Raiders’ QB options in 2024 draft: Is a Michigan man the way to go?

The NFL draft is about projection at its core.
Michigan’s J.J. McCarthy is the face of that concept this year. Teams will spend endless hours leading up to April’s draft figuring out how the quarterback’s play will translate to the NFL.
It’s not about what McCarthy showed on film in college. It’s what he didn’t. Evaluators need to determine whether McCarthy has what it takes to put a team on his shoulders because Michigan didn’t ask him to carry its offense. He averaged just 22 pass attempts per game last season during the Wolverines’ national championship run.
There is reason to believe McCarthy can handle more responsibility. His size, arm strength, intelligence and athleticism all pass NFL muster. He was 27-1 as the Wolverines starter and played well in high-level situations. But because he wasn’t often asked to be “the man” at Michigan, there will be questions about what he can be at the next level.
That’s what makes McCarthy one of the more polarizing quarterbacks this class. He’s next up as the Review-Journal continues to examine the Raiders’ options in April’s draft:
J.J. McCarthy
2023 stats
He played 15 games and completed 72.3 percent of his passes for 2,991 yards while throwing 22 touchdowns and four interceptions.
McCarthy’s impeccable record as a starter will resonate with NFL teams. He brings a winning pedigree.
The 21-year-old also still has so much room to grow. He isn’t a finished product by any means and his ceiling is sky-high.
McCarthy’s transition to the NFL should be smooth as well. He played in a pro-style offense at Michigan under Chargers coach Jim Harbaugh, which gave him experience taking snaps from under center.
An exciting aspect of McCarthy’s game is his ability to make plays off schedule.
His 71.4 percent completion percentage when throwing while scrambling was the best among the draft’s top six quarterback prospects, according to the website Pro Football Focus. Oregon’s Bo Nix (58.6) was the only other passer above 50 percent.
McCarthy also showed the ability to deliver on money downs. He helped Michigan gain a first down 55.1 percent of the time when facing third-and-7 or longer, according to NFL.com draft analyst Lance Zierlein. None of the other top six quarterbacks led their team to even a 40 percent conversion rate in those situations.
McCarthy can miss what should be easy throws in the NFL.
He was also able to throw to his first read often thanks to Michigan’s superior talent and scheming. He sometimes struggled when he did have to go through his progressions.
McCarthy’s arm is adequate but not a cannon. He needs to prove he can drive the ball down the field consistently.
Why he fits the Raiders
The Raiders haven’t had a young quarterback with this many exciting traits in a long time.
McCarthy can make plays in and out of structure and still has plenty of potential. His experience in an NFL-style offense should also make his transition to the professional game easier.
Why he doesn’t fit
The Raiders will have to trade up from the 13th overall pick to get in position to draft McCarthy. It would be an aggressive move for a player that still requires plenty of projection.
He also might not fit what the Raiders are looking for if they want someone who is willing and able to push the ball downfield.
What they’re saying
“When you dig into the tape and really watch it and watch on third downs where (the Wolverines) throw the ball and they do put the ball in (McCarthy’s) hands, there’s a lot to like with him. He has a really, really quick mind. He has a quick release. Just everything he does is real smooth. He can rev it up and drive the ball in the seams. He can extend plays, keep his eyes up. There’s some elements of Alex Smith coming out of college where Alex Smith had a similar build, played the game from the shoulders up really well and was pretty athletic to get out and make some plays.” – Daniel Jeremiah, NFL media draft analyst
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Raiders’ QB options in 2024 draft: Drake Maye brings big potential

North Carolina’s Drake Maye was considered a lock to be the second overall pick in April’s NFL draft almost all of last season.
The calculus may have changed since then.
Southern California’s Caleb Williams is still expected to be the first selection. But Maye’s performance took a step back compared to his 2022 season, while Louisiana State’s Jayden Daniels and Michigan’s J.J. McCarthy made strides.
It’s not certain whether the Commanders will take Maye second overall. There’s a chance he falls anywhere from No. 3 with the New England Patriots to the back end of the top 10.
Maye could wind up being a steal if his 2022 self — he threw for 4,321 yards and 38 touchdowns as a redshirt freshman — shows up in the NFL. He has a similar build to Josh Allen at 6-foot-5, 220 pounds but is a more polished thrower at the same stage of his career. Maye also showed in college he’s a weapon as a runner by rushing for 1,209 yards in 30 games with the Tarheels.
The 21-year-old is as good as it gets in the draft when it comes to tools. But it’s hard to ignore his slide last season, when his completion percentage dipped from 66.2 to 63.3. Maye also threw 14 fewer touchdowns as a sophomore while adding two more interceptions.
Drake Maye
2023 stats
Played 12 games and completed 63.3 percent of his passes for 3,608 yards while throwing 24 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
Maye, a two-time captain in just two years as a starter, is considered a strong leader.
He’s also got prototypical NFL traits. His arm is legit, as he can make throws to all areas on the field and fit passes into tight windows. His 2022 tape shows he can be accurate while doing so as well.
Maye’s confidence in his arm allows him to make throws others might shy away from. It also lets him get rid of the ball when pressure arrives. Maye is willing to stand in the pocket and go through his reads, but he’s athletic enough to run the ball when needed.
Maye didn’t handle some changes to North Carolina’s offense well.
He lost his two best receivers heading into his sophomore season. His offensive line also wasn’t as solid as it was when he was a freshman. Those two things, along with an almost season-long ankle issue, made Maye a different player than the one he was the year before.
Too many of his interceptions were the result of poor decisions. He sometimes struggles to process what was happening during a play, especially if his first read wasn’t open.
Maye’s mechanics were also inconsistent and caused accuracy issues.
Why he fits the Raiders
It’s been forever since the Raiders had a young quarterback with May’s size, strength and athletic ability.
His weaknesses are correctable. He could turn into the franchise player the Raiders have lacked for years under center.
Maye also has so much room to grow considering he won’t turn 22 until August.
Why he doesn’t fit
It’s hard to imagine Maye falling out of the top six, despite Daniels and McCarthy picking up steam in the draft process. He’ll likely go in the top three selections. That means the Raiders would need to pay a ransom to move up from No. 13 to get him.
The team would have to be convinced Maye’s drop off last season was just a blip in order to pay what it will take to trade up in the draft.
What they’re saying
“He’s got outstanding size. Got a big-time arm, a live arm — that’s irrefutable. He’s an outstanding athlete, not only as you know you can use him in designed quarterback runs, you can move the pocket. He’s got a creative gene to him to be able to make things happen. Like, those things are all irrefutable and then when you talk to the folks at the school and you hear (he’s) incredibly bright, (an) incredibly tough leader, I’m like, ‘This is the foundation.’ Now, there’s some footwork stuff that gets away from him at times, he’s always under pressure, he tried to get a little too big at moments — he can dial that back. But if we’re talking about the foundation of a successful quarterback, he has all of it.” — Daniel Jeremiah, NFL media draft analyst
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QB draft profile series
The Review-Journal takes a look at the Raiders’ quarterback options in the 2024 NFL draft.
Sunday: Raiders’ QB history
Monday: Caleb Williams
Tuesday: Drake Maye
Wednesday: Jayden Daniels
Thursday: J.J. McCarthy
Friday: Michael Penix Jr.
Saturday: Bo Nix […]


Raiders’ quarterback decision: Trying to end dismal draft history

Over the next six days, the Review-Journal will profile the quarterbacks the Raiders will consider selecting in this year’s draft.
Each has inevitable strengths and weaknesses. All bring a level of certainty and question marks.
The Raiders are as aware as anyone of the risk involved.
For whatever reason, they have never been able to get it right when drafting quarterbacks in the first round, and they have a spotty record, at best, at taking a quarterback in any other round.
As the Raiders assess a quarterback draft class considered one of the deepest in years, they have a chance to set their franchise up for prolonged success. The key is selecting the right one, whether by holding onto their pick at No. 13, moving up through a trade or waiting until the second or third day.
General manager Tom Telesco, who took over in January after spending the last 10 seasons with the Chargers, and first-year coach Antonio Pierce are tasked with making that decision.
They have a murky history to overcome.
Of the 44 quarterbacks the club has drafted since 1959, only Kenny Stabler (76-30) and Marc Wilson (31-19) have winning records as prolonged starters with the club. Aidan O’Connell, selected in the fourth round in 2023, is 5-5 as the Raiders’ starting quarterback.
Stabler, a second-round pick in 1968, is the only homegrown Raiders quarterback to lead them to a Super Bowl. Their three other Super Bowl quarterbacks were added through trades or free agency.
The Raiders’ decision is even more pronounced this year, with an otherwise sound roster that could be the right quarterback away from challenging for a playoff spot.
Getting it right is paramount.
Can the Raiders complete a trade to move up to select Louisiana State’s Jayden Daniels, North Carolina’s Drake Maye or Michigan’s J.J. McCarthy? Do they stick and pick at No. 13 and take Washington’s Michael Penix or Oregon’s Bo Nix?
Can they count on either being available in the second round? If not, do they invest a second- or third-day pick in a development project like South Carolina’s Spencer Rattler?
Decisions, decisions.
Adding to the angst is the dismal track record.
Throughout their history, the Raiders have invested only five first-round draft picks in quarterbacks. To say they didn’t take advantage of those selections is an understatement.
Only Brigham Young’s Wilson, taken with the 15th overall pick in 1980, reached 50 starts with the Raiders, and his 31-19 record is by far the best mark among the quarterbacks they drafted in the first round.
North Carolina State’s Roman Gabriel, drafted in 1962, never played a down with the club after signing with the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams. Tennessee State’s Eldridge Dickey (No. 25 overall in 1968) was moved to wide receiver, and Southern California’s Todd Marinovich (No. 24 in 1991) and LSU’s JaMarcus Russell (No. 1 in 2007) never panned out.
The two best homegrown Raiders quarterbacks were drafted in the second round — Alabama’s Stabler and Fresno State’s Derek Carr in 2014.
Stabler played 10 seasons with the Raiders, seven as the starter, and reached the conference championship game in every postseason he participated in with the team.
He also led the Raiders to their first Super Bowl win, a 32-14 victory over the Vikings in Super Bowl XI.
Only two other homegrown Raiders quarterbacks reached the playoffs with the Silver and Black.
Carr, the best statistical quarterback in club history, helped get the Raiders to two postseasons in his nine years with the team. A broken leg knocked him out of the 2016 playoffs, though, and the Raiders lost to the Bengals in the wild-card round in the 2021 postseason.
Wilson was 11-2 as the Raiders’ starter in 1985 when they won the AFC West. However, he was dismal in the playoff opener against the Patriots, completing just 11 of 27 passes for 135 yards and three interceptions in a 27-20 loss. He started just 15 more games for the Raiders between 1986 and 1987 before moving on to the Patriots.
Of the 44 quarterbacks the Raiders have drafted over the years, just 13 started games for them. Only Stabler, Wilson, Steve Beuerlein (8-7) and Mike Rae (3-0) have winning records.
Billy Joe Hobert (0-5), Marques Tuiasosopo (0-2) and Connor Cook (0-1) never won a game, and Andrew Walter (2-7), Rusty Hilger (2-3), Terrelle Pryor (3-7), Marinovich (3-6), Russell (7-18) and Carr (63-80) had losing records.
Can the Raiders finally land their long-term, face-of-the-franchise quarterback? That will be up to Telesco and Pierce.
It would help if Telesco could bring some of his quarterback magic. He worked in the Colts’ front office when they drafted Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck, and as the general manager of the Chargers, he drafted Justin Herbert immediately after parting ways with Philip Rivers.
After decades of mainly draft misses, maybe Telesco can help the Raiders finally get it right.
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Raiders mailbag: Is Michael Penix emerging as best QB option?

The Raiders have three weeks left to finalize a plan for the NFL draft, and fans are curious about the team’s thought process at quarterback, cornerback and offensive line.
Here’s a sampling of what arrived in this week’s mailbag:
Matt Berger (@matt_berger): Should Raider Nation become more comfortable with the idea of Michael Penix under center next season, or do you think they still have a shot at Jayden Daniels?
Vincent Bonsignore: The trade-up option will remain on the table until draft night, though expectations have to be realistic. Whenever you’re dealing with several teams, motivations and needs, that means multiple obstacles and dynamics that complicate the completion of a deal. It also doesn’t help that the teams with the top three picks need quarterbacks. No matter how badly the Raiders want to move up or how compelling their offers might be, it’s a moot point if the other teams aren’t open to making a trade.
So, yes, Michael Penix is perhaps the more likely option. Based purely on film and body of work, he is as good as any other quarterback in the draft. His primary drawback is his injury history.

JJ (@Joshie_Bo): Do you know whether the Raiders favor the draft or free agency for a cornerback?
Bonsignore: The Raiders have a starting cornerback job open opposite Jack Jones and alongside Nate Hobbs. The hope is that Jones, who played well when he arrived in Las Vegas in November, continues to develop and Hobbs stays healthy for the balance of the season. That is a pretty good foundation for a starting group. They also have Jakorian Bennett, who is entering his second season, and veteran Brandon Facyson. The sense is, they will let the draft play out before perhaps turning back to free agency for help. Veterans such as Xavien Howard, Adoree Jackson and Stephon Gilmore are still available.
happyJ303(@jasonjones303): How real is the possibility that the Raiders will roll with Gardner Minshew or Aidan O’Connell at quarterback and fill all the other holes before the season?
Bonsignore: The signing of Minshew was a pretty good indication the Raiders are at least preparing for the possibility that they don’t land a quarterback in the draft. It isn’t the most ideal scenario, but it’s in the realm of possibility.
The Raiders Bring Me Pain (@ny_raiders): What does the depth chart look like at right guard and right tackle?
Bonsignore: If the season started today, Thayer Munford would be the starter at right tackle and Jordan Meredith at right guard. The tackle depth consists of Dalton Wagner and Jalen McKenzie. At guard, D.J. Fluker and Ben Brown are on the roster.
Ken Adkins (@Ken_n_SA): The Raiders need to extend safety Tre’von Moehrig. When do you think that will happen?
Bonsignore: Would not rule out an extension this summer.
Ed Helinski (@MrEd315): Will the Raiders make it an interesting and exciting draft or might we see ho-hum boring stuff?
Bonsignore: Interesting.
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Raiders to host 2 quarterback prospects for visits this week

The Raiders continue to do their quarterback homework before the NFL draft begins April 25.
The team welcomed Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr. to its Henderson facility Thursday for a visit. Oregon standout Bo Nix will be in town Friday.

The Raiders, who hold the 13th overall pick, have made it clear they want to select one of the top three quarterback prospects in the draft: Southern California’s Caleb Williams, North Carolina’s Drake Maye or Louisiana State’s Jayden Daniels. Coach Antonio Pierce recruited Daniels to Arizona State, where the 2023 Heisman Trophy winner started his collegiate career before transferring.
Getting a member of that trio may not be feasible, however. The Raiders would need to pay a lot to move up and would need to find a partner willing to trade down.
Penix and Nix could be fallback options. Neither is expected to be a top-10 pick in the draft.
Penix comes with some concerns. Injuries derailed his first four collegiate seasons at Indiana. He did have two healthy years at Washington and threw for 9,544 yards, 67 touchdowns and 19 interceptions. Penix was the Heisman runner-up to Daniels last season and led the Huskies to the national championship game against Michigan.
Nix began his collegiate career at Auburn but took off after transferring to Oregon. He has throw for 8,101 yards, 74 touchdowns and 10 interceptions the last two years.
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3 trade scenarios Raiders could explore during NFL draft

A deep quarterback class gives the Raiders some options with the NFL draft a little more than three weeks away.
Louisiana State star Jayden Daniels appears to be the team’s top target. The Raiders are going to have to move up from the 13th overall pick to take the Heisman Trophy winner. That could take a king’s ransom. The Raiders could also look to get aggressive for other quarterback prospects like North Carolina’s Drake Maye and Michigan’s J.J. McCarthy.
There’s another group of passers the team may move around to get. Prospects like Washington’s Michael Penix Jr., while a reach at No. 13, could be a strong option if the Raiders trade down in the first round while gathering more picks.
Everything should be on the table. Here are some options the Raiders need to consider:
1. The Godfather offer
General manager Tom Telesco wants to build the Raiders in the image of their coach.
That means Antonio Pierce’s strong desire to draft Daniels could lead Telesco to make the Commanders an offer for the No. 2 overall pick they can’t refuse.
One scenario would involve the Raiders sending Washington the 13th pick, their second-round pick, their 2025 and 2026 first-round picks and a 2026 third-round pick.
It’s a potential daring move with high stakes.
It would place an immense amount of pressure on Daniels to justify the price the Raiders paid to get him. It would also put Pierce under scrutiny to make it work.
On the other hand, no one will care about what the Raiders surrendered for Daniels if he turns into the franchise quarterback the team has lacked for decades.
2. The fall scenario
Daniels isn’t the only quarterback the Raiders should consider trading up for.
Pierce made it clear at the NFL owners meetings there are a handful of high-end prospects worth the team’s attention.
McCarthy has been generating buzz for a while. Maye has been considered one of the best three quarterbacks in the draft since the fall. But the draft has been known to take surprising turns. It’s not inconceivable that McCarthy, Maye or both could be available longer than expected in the first round.
The Raiders need to pounce if that’s the case.
They could try to acquire the sixth overall pick from the Titans by offering the 13th pick, their second-round pick and a 2025 third-round pick. That should be enough to move up the board and end the fall of whichever quarterback the Raiders prefer.
3. Trading down
The Raiders should be open to trading down as well as up.
That could allow them to target one of the draft’s second-tier quarterbacks, like Penix. The 23-year-old’s injury concerns would make him a gamble at 13th overall. Moving down could allow the Raiders to pick up more draft assets in addition to a talented passer.
One potential deal could involve getting the 19th overall pick from the Rams as well as a third- and a fifth-round pick in exchange for No. 13.
That would keep the Raiders in a comfortable range to draft Penix while giving them picks to address some of their other needs like offensive line and cornerback.
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Raiders’ 7-round mock draft: Making moves to get QB, CB, OT

Less than one month away from the NFL draft, the Raiders continue to try to move up in the draft to secure their quarterback of the future.
The connection to and appreciation for Louisiana State star Jayden Daniels is real, so expect the Raiders to continue trying to make a trade work with the Commanders or Patriots, who hold the second and third picks overall, respectively.
The Raiders also have needs at offensive line, cornerback and wide receiver, all of which they address in our seven-round team mock draft:
First round, No. 19 (from Rams)
— Terrion Arnold, CB, Alabama: In this scenario, the Raiders were persistent in trying to move up to select Daniels, but the Commanders and Patriots wouldn’t bend. The Raiders still have a quarterback in mind, but that will have to wait. In the meantime, they swing a deal with the Rams to move down from No. 13 to 19 in exchange for the Rams’ third-round pick at No. 83 and their fifth-round pick at No. 154.
One of three top cornerbacks — Arnold, Toledo’s Quinyon Mitchell and Clemson’s Nate Wiggins — should be available at No. 19. All three have the ability to make an immediate impact and team with Jack Jones and Nate Hobbs to form a dynamic starting cornerback group. Arnold made a strong impression on Raiders coach Antonio Pierce at the scouting combine and his Alabama pro day and is an ideal fit on the field and the culture Pierce is building.
Second round, No. 33 (from Panthers)
— Michael Penix, QB, Washington: The Raiders had hoped to get Penix with their second-round pick at No. 44 — and still might — but in this exercise, growing interest in Penix means jumping to the front of the line in the second round. The Raiders use pick No. 44 and the third-round pick they got from the Rams (No. 83) to get their quarterback of the future.
Penix will compete for the starting job, so expect an eventful offseason program and training camp as he, Aidan O’Connell and Gardner Minshew battle it out. Penix eased concerns about his injury history with an epic display of athletic ability at his pro day. He’s an NFL-caliber thrower who will fit perfectly in offensive coordinator Luke Getsy’s scheme.
Third round, No. 77
— Blake Fisher, OT, Notre Dame: The Raiders have openings at right tackle and right guard, and Fisher could help close both holes. He is just 21 years old, but the gifted 6-foot-6-inch, 312-pounder is an experienced right tackle who played 1,675 snaps at that spot in his three seasons with the Irish. If Fisher is ready to start, the Raiders could move Thayer Munford, now in his third year, to right guard.
Fourth round, No. 112
— Luke McCaffrey, WR, Rice: The Raiders opt for upside with McCaffrey, the younger brother of 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey. After playing quarterback to start his college career, the 6-2, 195-pound McCaffrey moved to wide receiver in 2022 and took a huge step forward last season, catching 71 passes for 992 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Fifth round, No. 148
— Justin Eboigbe, DT, Alabama: He bounced back from the neck injury he suffered in 2022, which limited him to just four games, with a breakthrough season in 2023, finishing with seven sacks and 18 quarterback hurries. He projects as a solid backup and can develop into a starter in time.
Fifth round, No. 154 (from Rams)
— Josh Newton, CB, Texas Christian: He started 27 games over the past two seasons and 58 overall in his career with the Horned Frogs. His production was better in 2022 than last season, and he needs to improve his anticipation level and how he deals with high-end speed.
Sixth round, No. 208
— Trente Jones, OL, Michigan: On a stacked offensive line, Jones was the Wolverines’ swing tackle for the past three seasons but played well enough to warrant NFL interest. His lack of playing time creates a bit of a “sleeper” profile for the 6-4 325-pounder, but the film is too good to ignore and shows definite NFL traits. He mainly played right tackle, including starting the Big Ten championship game and the Wolverines’ College Football Playoff wins over Alabama and Washington to claim the national title.
Seventh round, No. 223
— Xavier Thomas, DE, Clemson: He plays with great energy and burst, and his passion for the game could help him develop his pass-rush repertoire.
Seventh round, No. 229
— JD Bertrand, LB, Notre Dame: A two-time captain and highly productive three-year starter, Bertrand’s experience the last two seasons under defensive coordinator Al Golden gives him an NFL-ready command of schemes and concepts. He can immediately contribute on special teams and eventually develop into a starting candidate.
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