Question: Most of the mock drafts this year are saying that the Raiders are going to draft JaMarcus Russell with the No. 1 overall pick. Do you think Andrew Walter was given enough time to learn a new offense and even develop as the Raiders future quarterback? Even a guy like Peyton Manning in his first year struggled, so what makes everyone think that we need a quarterback?
- Lee Tamayo, San Jose
Answer: I believed if the Raiders were going to make Andrew Walter the quarterback of the future, they should have let him play the entire season. That said, I don’t think he was given enough time.
The reason everyone believes the Raiders need a quarterback is Walter might be OK, but JaMarcus Russell has the talent to potentially be a franchise quarterback. If the Raiders believed Walter was a franchise quarterback, they would have never considered drafting Matt Leinart last year. And in his first year of playing (second in the NFL), Walter didn’t show so much promise that the Raiders could justify passing on a quarterback again. (Remember they could have had Philip Rivers when they drafted Robert Gallery.)
Also, Walter isn’t the most athletic quarterback and in today’s NFL, a quarterback has to be able to move to survive. Walter could succeed, but he needs the line and running game intact to be successful. He doesn’t make plays with his feet, which is essential. But I’m not convinced the Raiders will draft a quarterback.
- Jason Jones