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ALAMEDA – Raiders head coach Dennis Allen didn’t rule out the possibility of drafting a quarterback in May. He did say Friday’s trade for veteran passer Matt Schaub means he won't force it.
The Raiders could still take one to develop – they probably will at some point -- but they don't have to. Especially at No. 5 overall.
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“That’s still a position that we’ll look at it,” Allen said. “(Having Schaub on the roster), you don’t feel that pressure that you have to go out and try to draft a quarterback. You kind of let everything kind of fall to you now. So, that’s why I thought going out and getting the veteran quarterback, and especially a veteran quarterback of Matt Schaub’s stature, I thought that was the best thing for us as a football team.”
The Raiders crisscrossed the country watching pro days for all top quarterbacks, including David Carr, Blake Bortles and Teddy Bridgewater. This draft class is loaded with passers, and a good developmental can be found outside the first round. With Schaub already named the starter, the Raiders don't need to draft one who can play right away.
That frees the Raiders to target players like receiver Sammy Watkins or linebacker Khalil Mack. Or they can trade down if they choose. The world, as they'd say and prefer you believe, is their oyster. With Schaub locked in atop the depth chart and Matt McGloin a serviceable backup, the Raiders should worry less about position in the first round.