The Raiders are in a full blown rebuild mode. The draft to me has always been more about the future than the present. Free agency is for the present. The Raiders need help all over especially on the DL and CB, but in today's NFL you can't win without a franchise quarterback. Carson Palmer is a very servicable quarterback but at this stage of the game he won't win a Super Bowl for you. The Raiders are lucky the top quarterback in the draft is available to them. Barkley last year was right with Andrew Luck as the top propsect, a down year with Kiffin hurt his stock. Smart, accurate and natural born leader, Barkley is NFL ready to play but with his shoulder injury and with a great teacher for him, the Raiders can afford to wait a year and not throw him to the wolves per say. Gives them time to build the roster around the next NFL superstar quarterback.
Oakland Raiders select Matt Barkley, QB, USC.