Star quarterback prospect Johnny Manziel flew into Oakland on Sunday to spend two days with the Oakland Raiders staff. The meeting is a getting to know you for both sides and is the next step in the Oakland Raiders’ path of who to draft at number five, overall, on May 8th, 2014. With each NFL team allowed to meet with 30 prospective candidates and Manziel ranked in the top 20 overall and top five quarterbacks, it only makes sense for the two sides to meet and greet.
Manziel’s persona is almost an exact match to that of the Raiders; larger than life, putting on a great show, their off the field antics makes as many headlines as the on-field play, and a general sense of belonging with the greats fit the Raiders and Manziel to a “T”. The swagger that both sides have is off-the-charts. So maybe the two coming together is a match made in NFL heaven.
What does not add up for this meeting is the addition of Matt Schaub. Schaub is not the long term solution for the Raiders, nor is he the great quarterback that the Raiders should have grooming and mentoring a player like Manziel. Schaub is; however, a good enough quarterback to wait and see how he will perform with his current contract. Schaub’s restructured contract gives him no guaranteed money past the 2014 season. That type of low risk, high reward scenario gives the Raiders a shot to wait a year to get a quarterback, or hit the jackpot with Schaub.
So why the meeting? By all accounts, it will just be a “feeling out” for the Raiders. Unless they see Manziel as their franchise guy and a “can’t miss” option, they have too many other needs that must be filled with players that will be available at the fifth pick. If, by chance, Manziel puts on the same show for the Raiders that he did in the Chick-fil-A bowl, Oakland might have to pull the trigger on a player that exudes Oakland Raider Football.
Written by: Nic Amanno
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