Though the Las Vegas Raiders aren’t picking early enough to nab one of the franchise-changing quarterbacks in the 2023 NFL Draft, there still is a clear answer as to who Las Vegas should select.

The name is Anthony Richardson at No. 7.

Richardson, who played at Florida in the 2022 college football season, threw for 2,549 yards and 17 touchdowns. And of all the quarterbacks in this class, Richardson has the most upside regarding his intangibles. He might just have the best arm in the group, and he is certainly the most athletic.

If the Raiders go with Richardson in the first round, it indicates that they are choosing to look at the long-term picture instead of short-term goals. That is what the 2022 off-season was filled with — short-term planning. Richardson represents a change in that process.

Anthony Richardson mocked to go to the Raiders

In a mock draft by Luke Easterling of the Draft Wire, that’s who he had the Raiders picking at No. 7. Here is his reasoning for the selection:

“The Raiders are obviously moving on from Derek Carr, and while they’re likely to pursue a veteran starter for the short-term, Richardson’s long-term upside might be higher than any other passer in this draft. Sitting behind an experienced starter for a year would be the perfect scenario to help him maximize his rare talent.”

Richardson is still raw around the edges, but his ceiling is what is intriguing for the Raiders’ long-term plan. He is a duel threat option, with rushing ability in conjunction with his arm strength. The downside is that he is still unproven.

He had one full year as Florida’s starter.

It would be a risk if the organization took him that high in Round 1. But it might be worth a shot for a team trying to compete with the Chiefs and Chargers in the AFC West. To compete, quarterback play is a must. And with all the quarterbacks that are left in the playoffs being under 30, it’s time the Raiders get younger at that position.

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