|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.
Many years, on the other hand, the Raiders haven't chosen a quarterback at all. And both times in its history that the team had the No. 1 overall pick in a draft, it got little to no production from the quarterback it chose.
Take a look at the Raiders' history of drafting quarterbacks.
|2016||4||100||Connor Cook, Mich. St.||2016*||Prospect|
|2014||2||36||Derek Carr, Fresno St.||2014-16*||Pro Bowl 3-yr. starter|
|2013||4||112||Tyler Wilson, Ark.||2013 (PS)||Didn't make team|
|2011||SD3||n/a||Terrelle Pryor, Ohio St.||2011-13||Mediocre 1-yr. PT starter|
|2007||1||1||JaMarcus Russell, LSU||2007-09||Mediocre 2-yr. starter/PT st.|
|2005||3||69||Andrew Walter, AZ St.||2005-08||Poor 1-yr. PT starter|
|2002||7||235||Ronald Curry, UNC||2002-08||Moved to WR|
|2001||2||59||Marques Tuiasosopo, Wash.||2001-06, '08||Career backup|
|1993||3||58||Billy Joe Hobert, Wash.||1993-96||Career backup|
|1991||1||24||Todd Marinovich, USC||1991-92||Mediocre 1-yr. PT starter|
|1990||12||317||Major Harris, W. Va.||Did not sign|
|1989||6||140||Jeff Francis, Tenn.||Didn't make team|
|1988||11||283||David Weber, Carroll||Didn't make team|
|1987||4||110||Steve Beuerlein, Notre Dame||1987-90||Mediocre 2-yr. PT starter|
|1985||6||143||Rusty Hilger, OK St.||1985-87||Career backup|
|1984||12||336||Randy Essington, Colo.||Didn't make team|
|1983||11||333||Scott Lindquist, N. AZ||Didn't make team|
|1980||1||15||Marc Wilson, BYU||1980-87||Solid 5-yr. starter/PT st.|
|1976||2||50||Jeb Blount, Tulsa||1976 (IR)||Didn't make team|
|1975||5||128||David Humm, Neb.||1975-79, '83-84||Career backup|
|1975||9||232||Harry Knight, Richmond||Didn't make team|
|1973||8||205||Mike Rae, USC||1976-78||Career backup|
|1968||1||25||Eldridge Dickey, Tenn. St.||1968-71||Moved to WR|
|1968||2||52||Ken Stabler, Ala.||1968-79||Hall of Fame 7-yr. starter|
|1967||6||155||Rick Egloff, Wyo.||Didn't make team|
|1966||RS11||n/a||Mike Brundage, Ore.||Didn't make team|
|1965||10||75||Craig Morton, Cal.||Did not sign|
|1964||11||87||Larry Rakestraw, Georgia||Did not sign|
|1964||12||95||Billy Lothridge, Ga. Tech||Did not sign|
|1964||18||143||Ron Calcagno, Santa Clara||Did not sign|
|1964||26||207||Gordon Guest, Ark.||Did not sign|
|1963||23||177||Jon Anabo, Fresno St.||Did not sign|
|1963||26||201||Dennis Claridge, Neb.||Did not sign|
|1962||1||1||Roman Gabriel, N.C. St.||Did not sign|
|1962||19||145||Dennis Spurlock, Whitworth||Did not sign|
|1961||5||36||Dick Norman, Stanford||Did not sign|
|1961||9||68||Lowndes Shingler, Clemson||Did not sign|
|1961||21||164||Mike Jones, San Jose St.||Did not sign|
|1961||28||220||Dave Grosz, Ore.||Did not sign|
|1960||1st||n/a||Fran Curci, Miami||Did not sign|
|1960||1st||n/a||Dale Hackbart, Wis.||Did not sign|
|1960||1st||n/a||Bobby Lackey, Texas||Did not sign|
|1960||2nd||n/a||Sam McCord, E. Tex. St.||Didn't make team|
If there is one trend suggested by the above list, it's this: If there is one thing less productive than a quarterback chosen by the Raiders in the first round, it's — excepting Carr and Stabler — a quarterback chosen by the Raiders in the second, third or fourth rounds.
Note, too, that the team does not always seem particularly interested in drafting quarterbacks. After choosing one virtually every year from 1983 through 1991, the Raiders chose only two (plus one moved to wide receiver) in the next 14 years. And both of those relatively high draft picks spent their Raider careers as backups.
(In fairness, maybe spending a first-round pick on Todd Marinovich would discourage any team from drafting quarterbacks for a while.)
Finally, in an organization noted for diversity, the Raiders were the first team to choose an African-American quarterback in the first round, Eldridge Dickey in 1968 (although he was eventually moved to wide receiver). The quarterback they took in the second round that year? Ken Stabler.
One more footnote about Stabler and Dickey: They were actually the first quarterbacks drafted by the Raiders to actually play for the team. Most of their predecessors had either not signed — given the rivalry between the NFL and AFL for players — or had been cut.
Sources: Oakland Raiders media guides, Ourlads' NFL Scouting Services draft publications, Wikipedia