A Trip Down the Road: Mariota to the Raiders?


Over this final week and a half, FishDuck.com Feature Writer Caleb Couturie will be analyzing the 25 teams in the NFL Draft that may look to select Marcus Mariota.

**DISCLAIMER: This is part of a project FOR FUN. All trades suggested are merely hypotheticals, and do not reflect my actual opinion of what will happen on draft day. Enjoy.**

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No. 4: The Oakland Raiders

Oakland’s Draft Pick: Fourth

Oakland’s 2015 Cap Space: $59,285,699

Oakland’s Top Needs: CB, WR, OL/QB

Oakland is in a lot of trouble on both sides of the ball. The defense is depleted and they have no offensive fire power. The one bright spot for the Raiders, or so it appeared, was Derek Carr.

The rookie QB threw for 3,270 yards and 21 touchdowns, but those numbers come with an asterisk. Although, yes, he threw for 3,270 yards and 21 touchdowns, he ranked seventh in the NFL in total pass attempts (599). Of all the QBs with 570 pass attempts or more, of which there were eleven, Carr was the only one to throw for less than 4,000 yards. In fact, his mark of 5.46 yards per attempts was the lowest in the league by a wide margin. Not only that, but Carr ranked 30th in both completion percentage and total QBR out of 33 qualified QBs. To keep it simple, Carr was awful. There were a lot of QBs that could do some amazing things with nearly 600 pass attempts, but Carr is simply not one of them.

The Raiders are tired of years and years of losing, and they desperately need a solid building block to start an offense around. Although Jameis Winston has more of the “Raider spirit,” Marcus Mariota will be too much for them to pass on if they can get him with their high draft pick.


Oakland trades Derek Carr, their first-round pick (No. 4) and their 2016 first-rounder to Tampa Bay in exchange for the No. 1 pick. Tampa Bay desperately wants a QB, and although Carr was dreadful last year, he did show signs of brilliance. For Carr to shift to an offense with Tampa Bay’s potential, the second-year starter could see a breakout season. For Oakland, they get the star their team has desperately needed for so long.


So close but so far, eh Marcus? Mariota would be across the pond from a storied and playoff-caliber 49ers team, but instead of that he’d be stuck on a Raiders team that seems dedicated to going nowhere, fast. Granted, the Raiders do want to start winning sooner rather than later, so if Mariota can finally prove he’s worth the franchise-player hype he’ll receive, expect Oakland to start making moves to help him thrive.

Honestly, though, I hope Oakland doesn’t take him. They’ve got almost zero offensive weapons on that team outside of an emerging Latavius Murray, and outside of James Jones, Mariota wouldn’t have any solid veteran receivers to look for while he matured. Oh, I almost forgot! The Raiders have expertise at ruining former great dual-threat QBs *cough Terrelle Pryor cough*.


Almost certainly. Carr started every game as a rookie, and with Mariota coming in as an even more promising prospect, I see no reason why the Hawaiian wouldn’t start the season opener.


Oak’s Projected Record with Mariota: 4-12

Oak’s Projected Record W/O Mariota: 2-14

Mariota’s first year stats: 3,600 Yds/26 pass TDs/14 INTs/8 Rushing TDs

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Caleb Couturie

Caleb Couturie

Caleb is a sophomore at the University of Oregon intending to double major in Journalism and Sports Management. He is the Managing Editor for FishDuck.com, along with being a lifetime Saints and San Francisco Giants fan, as Caleb fell in love with sports at a young age and developed that love into a passion for sports analysis. He is looking forward to cheering on the Ducks throughout his career at Oregon, and is always willing to talk sports with any fellow fan.

  • Puckmeister

    Caleb…last thing the Raiders need is another Kapernick. Maybe a little more research is needed…good luck kid!

    • Caleb

      Kaepernick* isn’t a raider? Also, Kaep and Mariota, although similar, are different in regards to one key aspect: Mariota has a much MUCH higher football I.Q. with an insane ability to adopt an offense. In short, Mariota is smarter than Kaep. Thanks for the read.

      • Reality check

        This is one of the silliest articles I have read in quite a while. I will be shocked as would most everyone if any team offers much to trade up for Mariota. I don’t think Oakland or any GM would trade Carr for Mariota heads up. He is nothing more than a system QB.

        • Caleb

          Carr was also a system QB heading into the draft. But Mariota ran his system way better than Carr, besting Carr in almost every stat that relates to efficiency. Carr had better overall numbers because Fresno State gave him 660 passing attempts, but if Mariota had been given Carr’s attempts volume he would’ve shattered Carr’s numbers. Also, if he’s just a system QB, please explain to me why he’s the first Oregon QB in the last thirteen years to be considered for the No. 1 pick?

          • cattdaddy

            Let me first give you respect for your journey, it takes courage to do what you believe is your path. With that said, I think what will ultimately serve you moving forward is objectivity. Your a ducks fan, we can appreciate that but if your going to be a journalist in my opinion (which honestly means nothing) I would suggest checking your Fandom in at the start of any article. It’s going to always lead you to a path that attempts to justify your personal fan feelings. That’s not journalism that’s blogging and as much as people attempt to meld the two they just aren’t the same thing. Mariota, is a great athlete! Not many will argue that, hell I’ll even call him a damn good college qb. However prior to chip Kelly entering the nfl how many pro qb’s have you seen run an offense off sideline cards? This in its self is what puts Winston ahead of mariota as a pro prospect. Argue the numbers all you want but marital played all his adult football career in a system designed to take the thinking out of the position. The very same thinking vital to NFL success. Until it’s proven Marcus can do that I don’t see him as a top talent in the NFL. Could he be great? Sure he is athletic enough, but is that how you personally would spend a top draft pick in the nfl? Put your Fandom aside and be honest about that!

          • Caleb

            It depends on the system being that he’s being drafted in to, and the needs of the team with the No. 1 pick. This is FishDuck. The no. 1 website for Oregon Ducks reporting. If you don’t want to read biased reporting towards Oregon then you definitely came to the wrong website. And no, I won’t agree Winston is a better prospect. I’ve watched a ton of film on both of them, and I’ve watched the Rose Bowl like ten times. Winston, with his size, is a more prototypical NFL QB I’ll give you that, however prototypical size doesn’t automatically make him a great NFL QB. He has undersized hands, he makes some terrible decisions at times (something Mariota almost never did), and he played in a system with some of the best receiving threats in all of CFB. Winston had healthy assets this year, with Rashad Greene and Nick O’Leary being two of the best prospects at their individual positions. Mariota had NOTHING. He had a true freshman WR who came on strong at the end of the season, but outside of Carrington almost ALL of Mariota’s assets were out with injury, playing dinged up, or true freshman. 4 out of 5 of Mariota’s top receiving threats were out for the Natty and three out of 5 were out for both the Rose Bowl and the Pac-12 championship. What Mariota did was nothing short of incredible, and I disagree that he is or has ever been just a system QB.

  • Clint

    A few of your points may be valid, but it more comes across that you are being biased as a Ducks fan and not thinking as an analyst. Your concern is his yards per attempt, but you forget a key part in that. He plays for the Raiders! I’m a huge Raiders fan and have been my whole life. But honestly, send Peyton Manning to the Raiders with no run help, little blocking and recievers that can’t catch and he will have a tough time reaching the 4,000 mark also. Mariota is not looking like a better prospect than Carr who showed he has what it takes to be good in this league. Mariota, with all his talent and maturity, has still yet to prove that at the next level. Trading for a question mark when you have a sure thing is laughable. Also, if the Raiders did want him it would be foolish to trade multiple picks when they have so many holes on the team. Every pick, especially first round, needs to be used to better the team. Plus, Mariota in my opinion and several mock drafts, would probably be available at the fourth pick anyway. Considering it likely Tampa Bay will go with Winston despite his off field issues. Winston is more talented as a whole. No, the Raiders would be far better off sticking with the talented leader they have and using picks to get him help. Amari Cooper is the intelligent draft choice for the Raiders and Mariota will likely go improve the Jets. That is one man’s opinion.

    • Caleb

      Literally everything you said I agree with, for the most part. I am a biased Duck fan, I agree that Carr got screwed over by becoming a Raider, and I agree the raiders should use the draft picks on something else. This article, as mentioned above, is part of a greater project that analyzes 25 separate NFL teams that might take a look at drafting Mariota. Although the Raiders front office probably watched tape on Mariota, I agree there’s little to zero chance they take him. The one thing I will disagree with you on, and I’ll take this one to the grave, is that I refuse to see how Winston is a better prospect than Mariota. Also, for those that argue Mariota was just a “system QB”, then in theory every single Oregon Duck QB should be considered for a No. 1 pick because that’s just how good the system is, right? The reality is Mariota ran this system better than any Duck QB EVER, and that merits the consideration for the No. 1 pick.

      • Clint

        Up front, let me apologize for commenting at all. I missed the purpose of the article and I thought it was more about what would be best for the Raiders. Carr, even with the struggles mentioned, is the best QB option we’ve had since Gannon and I’m excited about him moving forward. To your point about Winston, I agree wholeheartedly. If I were a GM I would rather have Mariota on my team. I think he was a large part of the Ducks success and that he thrived in their system better than most would. However, most GMs are pretty good at focusing on the athletic upside. A perfect example being JaMarcus Russel. All the talent in the world, no brains. Talent, strength, speed and throwing wise, absolutely Winston is better. And if anyone fails to see that, they aren’t truly looking. If I were a GM, I would be very impressed with Mariota’s talent and focus more on his leadership and decision making, almost guaranteeing a good asset moving forward. As a GM I would take Mariota, history and common mistake would show that Winston will be chosen number one overall. Winston will likely be another Russel or Manziel but the talent always attracts the GMs.

  • Raider NaShaun

    The Raiders didn’t Fail trying to utlize a dual threat qb in Pryor, Terelle is the one that failed he was given every opportunity and had horrible mechanics, jump pass anyone? You forget to mention he also bombed in Seattle, nuff said

    • Caleb

      Yeah I know, I was kind of reaching with that one. Out of all the 25 situations this one is definitely unlikely.

  • Ghost

    Lifelong Raider fan. I see no point in this article there’s 0.0% chance the Raiders draft Mariota. Not to mention Winston is heads and shoulders above him. And Derek Carr is better than both.

    • Caleb

      If you think Winston is head and shoulders above him then you have watched zero film on either QB my friend. Same if you think Derek Carr is better than both of them.

    • bunno


    • icon13

      IDK man, I think Mariota goes first. Now Winston has a shoulder problem and runs a 40 at 4.9 to Mariota’s 4.5. Plus Mariota has been killing his interviews. He also played in a fast Chip Kelley type of offense. Mariota all the way vs a rapist crab theif.

  • Anthony R Cozzette

    This has to be one of the lamest ideas ever. No way in hades is this going to happen. I wasted time even reading it

  • PJ

    This article makes me wish I could turn off the internet.

  • icon13

    Actually, there has been talk of this. The Raiders could pull it off and upgrade at QB. However, the journalist who wrote this is semi retarded. He points out the Mariota would have no offensive weapons. Hey moron, this is the deepest FA pool in years and the Raiders have plenty of money to spend on offensive weapons like Maclin, Cobb, J Thomas or even Wallace. Ever heard of Michael Rivera, you douchebag? How about Rob Streater, who almost had 1,000 yards in 2013, but was hurt in 2014? And let’s not forget who was throwing him the ball in 2013. And to be honest this is the first time anybody has said Carr was bad. Even football experts are high on the guy. He also had no O-line. Sorry Caleb Couturie, but you should probably persue a new career cause sports journalism just is not for you.