The Oakland Raiders started out Saturday's fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, trading up and making a surprising move.
Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie swapped their fourth round pick (No. 114) and one of their fifth rounder (No. 154) with the Cleveland Browns to move up to pick No. 100 to select quarterback Connor Cook.
It's an unexpected move at first glance given the Raiders have their franchise quarterback in Derek Carr, but backup quarterback Matt McGloin is set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the upcoming season. Cook was believed to be a prospect that could have be drafted either on Thursday or Friday, but ended up dropping into the last day. McKenzie may have decided he was too good of value to pass up with the 100th overall pick.
Cook is a four-year starter and has all of the pieces to be a strong quarterback, but some scouts feel like he never put all of the pieces of the puzzle together. Scouts also feel like he lacks leadership skills that may be necessary in the NFL.
Now the former Michigan State quarterback has the opportunity to learn from Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, who is one of the team's biggest leaders. This will also give him time to develop as a quarterback and not put him in a rushed situation where he has to make an impact immediately.