New Raiders coach Hue Jackson has said he’s committed to QB Jason Campbell, but that does not mean the Raiders will ignore the position in the draft. Our Steve Wyche handled that question during his weekly chat on NFL.com on Thursday, when asked about the Raiders quarterback position.
“Jackson plans to ride with Jason Campbell but I could see them selecting someone to groom in the middle rounds, if there is someone there,” Wyche wrote. “It wouldn’t shock me to see someone like a Colin Kaepernick draw their interest, although if they like him, they better get him fairly early because he’s going in the first half of the draft.” (The Raiders do not have a first-round pick this year because of the Richard Seymour trade.)
“It’s always a tough call with the Raiders, but adding a QB wouldn’t be a bad idea, especially since none of the QBs is signed long term.”
Wyche later reported that Kaepernick is meeting with the Raiders next week, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. The Nevada quarterback recently completed visits with the Titans and Broncos.
Kaepernick, according to Wyche, is perfect for Jackson, who likes his quarterbacks to move a little bit. Though Jackson did have success with a pocket quarterback like Carson Palmer. New offensive coordinator Al Saunders has worked with pocket quarterbacks in the past, so Andy Dalton also could be a possibility. But it has to be a guy with a huge arm.
So who would be perfect?
“If they could get their hands on a guy like Ryan Mallett, he would be perfect,” Wyche said. “But he’s not going to fall that far.”