The Las Vegas Raiders’ season has not gone the way they intended it to go. Now at 2-7, it seems as if their playoff hopes are all but gone, which would normally lead to many to begin focusing on the NFL Draft. Currently, the Raiders would pick second overall, which would give them a chance at a number of prospects, but quarterbacks are always a focus, and the top one in the eyes of many is Alabama signal-caller Bryce Young.
After leading the Crimson Tide to a National Championship in 2020, Young won basically every award there is to win in 2021, including the Heisman Trophy. Young will be one of the most coveted prospects in the 2023 NFL Draft, and apparently, he could find himself in silver and black.
According to NFL Rookie Watch, Bryce Young is currently the favorite to be the second overall pick, which is exactly where the Raiders sit at this moment:
Bryce Young is currently the favorite to be the second overall pick in the Draft.
The Raiders currently hold the second overall pick through 10 weeks 👀 pic.twitter.com/v9KNxqAsEg
— NFL Rookie Watch (@NFLRookieWatxh) November 14, 2022
Getting a player like Young would be a huge addition for the Raiders, and many believe he is the top prospect in the draft, but there are a number of players being mentioned as possibilities at the top of the draft. In addition to Young, Ohio State quarterback CJ Stroud, Alabama pass rusher Will Anderson Jr., and Georgia defensive lineman Jalen Carter are all possibilities high in the draft.
The possibility of drafting Young, or Stroud for that matter, will come down to what Josh McDaniels and the coaches think of Derek Carr. There is no doubt that Carr is the emotional leader of this Raiders team, but his performance has come into question, especially down the stretch of these close games the Raiders have been involved in.
If the Raiders feel like Carr isn’t the player to lead them to that next level, Young might be the choice if he is available. But if the franchise believes in Carr, helping to shore up their defensive line with someone like Anderson or Carter makes a ton of sense as well.