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Three Quarterbacks the Oakland Raiders Should Consider in the 2014 NFL Draft

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COMMENTARY | Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen isn't sure if his quarterback of the future is on the roster.


Does that mean the Raiders will take a quarterback in this year's draft? Oh yeah.

After all, general manager Reggie McKenzie needs to redeem himself for bombing on that Tyler Wilson pick last year.

Not only did the Raiders lose out on a potential quarterback of the future, they wasted a fourth-round pick on a guy who isn't even on the team anymore.

With the amount of depth this quarterback class offers, the Raiders have the luxury of waiting until the later rounds to address that issue.

Matt McGloin showed promise last season, and even though he doesn't have the confidence of his own head coach yet, it doesn't mean they can't build around him next year.

Regardless, the Raiders need depth. Here are three quarterbacks they should consider in May's draft:

A.J. McCarron, QB, Alabama

Despite his extensive resume that includes three national championships and a runner up for the Heisman-trophy, Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron has been tagged with the dreaded "game manager" label.

Though McCarron had the luxury of playing with a phenomenal defense during his tenure in Tuscaloosa, very rarely did he have a No. 1 target to throw to.

Even without that target, he was still deadly accurate.

McCarron completed no less than 66.8 percent of his passes in any season he started, and he also threw 74 touchdowns to just 15 interceptions.

He isn't likely to be drafted until at least the third round, which means the Raiders can address other needs first before going after him.

McCarron played well on a consistent basis in an bitterly, tough conference. Why wouldn't the Raiders want him?

David Fales, QB, SJSU

San Jose State quarterback David Fales threw 33 touchdowns in each of his two seasons as the Spartans' starter.

Scouts have criticized him for his lack of arm strength, but as long as he completes his short and intermediate passes, who's to say the "small ball" technique won't work?

Fales' draft stock has been on the rise ever since he out-dueled Derek Carr in December.

That's the game where Fales threw for 547 yards and six touchdowns en route to a BCS-spoiling win over Fresno State.

I'm always reluctant to trust a Mountain West Conference quarterback, but Fales seems to be grabbing the attention of plenty of scouts.

Let's see how he fares in the combine.

Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia

Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray suffered a torn ACL against Kentucky in November, and it's raised questions as to how good he'll be once he's healthy again.

If he plays in the pros like he did in college, he'll be more than alright.

Murray finished second in the SEC in total offense in 2013, and finished his career as the conference's leader in both passing yards and touchdowns.

Given the fact that most of Murray's supporting cast was hurt throughout the year, it really is incredible how well he played.

He dismantled the stout defenses of both South Carolina and LSU by finishing with a combined 607 yards and eight touchdowns against them.

CBSSports.com ranked Murray as the 11th-best quarterback in this year's draft and projected him as a fifth-to-sixth rounder.

If so, the Raiders could land themselves a late-round gem.

Steven Slivka is a breaking news reporter for the Las Vegas Review-Journal. He also writes about the Oakland Raiders for the Yahoo Contributor Network. Follow @StevenSlivka on Twitter.

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