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Raiders’ Jon Gruden loves QB prospect Drew Lock

Jon Gruden, Drew Lock, Raiders

The Oakland Raiders currently have quarterback Derek Carr under center. However, head coach Jon Gruden has shown that he isn’t afraid to trade any player on his roster, which makes the Raiders one of the more interesting teams from around the league.

Now, the Raiders are being linked to former Missouri Tigers quarterback Drew Lock, who is apparently drawing serious interest from the aforementioned Gruden, according to a recent story from Kalyn Kahler of Sports Illustrated.

“Raiders fans hated when I mocked Missouri quarterback Drew Lock to the Raiders with the fourth overall pick. So in order to continue to rub in the controversial notion that Oakland may draft a rookie quarterback and trade Derek Carr… I recently spoke to another prospect who played on the Senior Bowl’s North team, coached by Jon Gruden. He said that Gruden really, really liked Lock. The word “love” was used to describe Gruden’s perceived feelings toward the Missouri QB. Our Robert Klemko did a nice story on the benefit teams get from coaching the Senior Bowl. And I continue to believe that Lock to the Raiders could happen.”

The Raiders, of course, acquired former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown, who will obviously need a reliable presence under center. While that presence still appears to be Carr, Gruden’s unpredictability and the team’s tremendous draft capital for the next few years make this situation one to keep an eye on.

The 2019 NFL Draft will take place in Nashville, Tennessee, next month.