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Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Should Raiders target QB in draft?

By Paul Gutierrez

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- No disrespect to Matt McGloin or Terrelle Pryor, but by now it's fairly apparent that the Oakland Raiders' quarterback of the future is not on their roster.

Especially since fourth-round draft pick Tyler Wilson is gone now, the rookie selected off the Raiders’ practice squad by the Tennessee Titans on Tuesday.

ESPN draft specialist Todd McShay unveiled his 2014 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 Insider on Wednesday and with the Raiders currently sitting at No. 3 overall -- the actual draft is not until May 8 -- McShay selected for Oakland Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles.

Following then, is McShay’s breakdown of the 6-foot-4, 228-pound underclassman:
The Raiders need to upgrade at the QB position, and even though he isn't the most well-known prospect, Bortles has the potential to be a top-10 pick. In fact, it wouldn't shock me if he ends up going ahead of Teddy Bridgewater.

Bortles has good size, arm strength and accuracy, and has proved he can win from inside the pocket. He also possesses good character and a strong football IQ. A nice bonus is that he's built to last in the NFL because he's big and mobile enough to move around. He isn't Cam Newton, but more of a cross between Joe Flacco and Ben Roethlisberger.