|Derek Carr was the Raiders' second-round pick in 2014. Photo by Bob Carr Photography; used with permission.|
Much of the Raiders' resurgence in 2016 was attributed to star quarterback Derek Carr, who was an MVP candidate before a late-season injury cut his year short and short-circuited the team's playoff hopes.
Much has also been made of the fact that Carr was a second-round draft choice in 2014, the fourth quarterback taken that year. And although Blake Bortles, chosen 3rd overall, and Teddy Bridgewater, chosen 32nd overall, have had their moments, neither has reached the heights of Carr, chosen 36th overall. And Johnny Manziel, chosen at No. 22, has been an unmitigated bust.
Yet, little has been made of the fact that the Raiders, quite frankly, have been terrible at drafting quarterbacks. Their best passers, in fact, have been retreads such as Rich Gannon and Jim Plunkett, both signed as street free agents after earlier struggles.
And while new Hall of Famer Ken Stabler was, like Carr, a homegrown second-round draft pick, he wasn't even the first quarterback the Raiders chose in his draft year.