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3 Raiders takeaways from NFL combine: Aggression needed at QB

Vincent Bonsignore, Las Vegas Review-Journal on

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INDIANAPOLIS — After getting an up-close look at this year’s draft class at the NFL scouting combine, Raiders coach Antonio Pierce jokingly pressured general manager Tom Telesco to grab more draft picks.

The Raiders currently hold nine selections. Pierce would love to add to that.

“Come on man, get four more picks,” Pierce said, laughing.

There’s a problem, though. To address the Raiders’ most significant need — franchise quarterback — they may need to part with draft assets rather than accumulate even more.

It’s the only path available to them to gain access to Louisiana State star Jayden Daniels, who is gaining momentum as their favorite quarterback in this draft. The Raiders could move around the board for Michigan’s J.J. McCarthy and Washington’s Michael Penix as well.

Here are three takeaways from this week’s NFL scouting combine, starting with the quarterbacks:

 

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The Raiders met with all the big-name quarterbacks in Indianapolis. Pierce also stayed through Saturday to watch the class work out at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Southern California’s Caleb Williams, North Carolina’s Drake Maye and Daniels opted against throwing. That left McCarthy, Penix, Oregon’s Bo Nix and South Carolina’s Spencer Rattler to take center stage.

McCarthy settled in after a slow start and helped his cause. McCarthy also added 20 pounds to his 6-foot-3 frame, which eased concerns about his potential durability. His impressive week means the Raiders will likely need to trade up from No. 13 to get him.

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