The closer we got to the 2019 NFL Draft, the more rumors we heard about the Raiders taking a quarterback. But that never happened, however, and Derek Carr is still the man under center for the Silver and Black.
But that might not last much longer.
Carr and the Raiders went just 4-12 in his first season working with head coach Jon Gruden. Another down year could spell the end of Carr's tenure with the team that took him in the second round of the 2014 draft.
With this year's draft one week old, ESPN's Todd McShay is already looking ahead to 2020. And with the first of the Raiders' two first-round picks, McShay is giving Gruden a new quarterback to work with.
No. 5: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
Draft order is generated by Football Outsiders' model for early projected records for the 2019 season. In this scenario, the Raiders would have a down year in their last season in Oakland, likely meaning it's time to move on from Carr.
If Herbert entered the 2019 draft, he likely would have been a first-round pick -- maybe even No. 1 overall. But the Eugene native went back to Oregon for his senior season and is headed to Sin City in McShay's mock draft.
"The 6-6, 233-pound quarterback has a good combination of arm strength and touch," McShay wrote. "He is also mobile and can run when he needs to."
Herbert threw for 3,151 yards and 29 passing touchdowns with eight interceptions as a junior, while completing 59.4 percent of his passes. He also rushed for 166 yards and two more scores.
Just a great play and throw from Justin Herbert. pic.twitter.com/0pgu3gu13H— Jordan Reid (@JReidNFL) October 13, 2018
Look at this strike by Oregon QB Justin Herbert pic.twitter.com/vgvaNZSBeq— Steve Palazzolo (@PFF_Steve) September 30, 2018
The Raiders will want to compete right away when they move to Las Vegas, and Herbert could be the man they turn to.
No. 13: Isaiah Simmons, OLB, Clemson
This pick comes via the Bears in the Khalil Mack trade. Simmons is a different player than Mack -- most people are -- but could be a great find with the 13th pick.
"A converted safety, Simmons is all over the field for Clemson," McShay wrote.
That he is. Simmons, 6-3, 225 pounds, had 88 tackles (nine for loss), two sacks, one pick-six, six passes defensed, and three forced fumbles as a sophomore.
Isaiah Simmons gets the pick 6!— BetQL (@betqlapp) November 3, 2018
Clemson is rolling over Louisville 28-3 🐅 pic.twitter.com/U9JmXgn0h6
Simmons could be the perfect hybrid defender for Paul Guenther's defense in 2020.