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Why the Oakland Raiders Could Take a Quarterback in the First Round of the 2014 NFL Draft

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COMMENTARY | Before Dennis Allen was told he would remain the Oakland Raiders head coach, he said he didn't believe the franchise quarterback was in the building.

With Allen coming back next year, the likelihood of Oakland drafting a quarterback in the first round seems even greater.

Paul Gutierrez of, mentioned the connections between Allen and his alma mater, Texas A&M. Could Johnny Football be wearing silver and black next year?

Manziel brings attention wherever he goes. Whether it's oversleeping, drinking beer, or winning the Heisman Trophy, Manziel makes everything exciting.

He puts butts in the seats, and makes magic on the field. But what if Manziel is gone by the time the Raiders pick at No. 5?

There's the ever-so-hyped Blake Bortles of UCF, and the Mountain West kid from Fresno State, Derek Carr.

Both have been highly touted by NFL scouts, although their stocks could change between now and May.

But with so many other positions that need to be addressed first, taking a quarterback with the No. 5 pick just doesn't seem feasible for the Raiders.

However, Allen is the coach, and general manager Reggie McKenzie knows that he has to hit a home run in this year's draft.

D.J. Hayden didn't fare well in his first season, and Oakland's draft as a whole didn't produce like fans had hoped.

Allen doesn't believe the franchise quarterback is on his roster, so let the speculations begin.

Steven Slivka writes about the Oakland Raiders for the Yahoo Contributor Network. Follow @StevenSlivka on Twitter.

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