2020 NFL Draft: Raiders targeting top QB with No. 19 pick?

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The 2020 NFL Draft is fast approaching and as teams start finalizing their draft boards, rumors are circulating about which prospects they will be targeting when draft day arrives. While the Las Vegas Raiders are sticking with Derek Carr, for the time being, head coach Jon Gruden might have his sights set on landing one of this year’s top quarterback prospects.

According to Pro Football Network’s Tony Pauline, there is a good possibility that the Raiders will select Jordan Love with the No. 19 overall pick. The former Utah State star is considered one of the biggest wild cards in the 2020 NFL Draft and the Raiders are hoping he falls to them at No. 19.

Many have considered the Raiders to be a trade-up candidate on draft day. However, Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock are reportedly open to staying at the No. 12 spot to draft a top wide receiver. After bringing in a big weapon for their offense, the Raiders would then target a quarterback for the future.

Love has moved his way up the draft board since the offseason began. He arrived at the Senior Bowl and made a strong impression on coaches that sent his draft stock soaring.

The 21-year-old dominated during the 2018 season with a 158.3 quarterback rating and a 32-6 TD-INT ratio, before struggling this past season with turnovers and accuracy.

Despite the down year, Love remains an exciting prospect with jaw-dropping traits. At 6-foot-4 with above-average athleticism, a rocket arm and a gunslinger mentality, he offers some of the greatest upside in this draft class. However, he’s unlikely to be ready to start immediately as a rookie and might need a year to develop.

Giving Love time to develop could work out perfectly for the Raiders, if they can land him. Derek Carr is still expected to start for Las Vegas in 2020 and Marcus Mariota is a viable fill-in quarterback if Carr gets hurt or struggles.

If the Raiders can come out of the first round with a No. 1 receiver and a long-term quarterback to be the face of Las Vegas, Gruden would certainly be happy.