The Oakland Raiders recently acquired Matt Schaub, trading a sixth-round draft pick to the Houston Texans. Even after landing a quarterback, the organization could still be looking to add one with their first-round pick.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported this weekend that the Oakland Raiders were set to meet with Johnny Manziel. The former Texas A&M star visited with the NFL team on Sunday and Monday.
Along with Blake Bortles and Teddy Bridgewater, Manziel is one of the top quarterbacks in the 2014 class. With the No.5 overall selection, there’s a chance the Raiders will be able to take the first signal caller off the board. Some mock drafts have the Texans selecting Bortles with the top pick, leaving Manziel for Oakland, if they want to take a quarterback.
Schaub is likely to start the season as Oakland’s starting quarterback. He was the starter for the last seven years in Houston, and the Raiders were unstable at the position in 2013. However, the veteran might not be a long-term solution. The Texans decided to trade Schaub, following the worst season of his career. In 10 games, he threw for 2,310 yards, 10 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.
If Schaub has another bad season, Manziel could become Oakland’s quarterback of the future. Despite his collegiate success, there have been questions about how the 21-year-old’s game will translate to the pros. Since the end of the college football season, though, the Heisman Trophy winner has impressed at both the Scouting Combine and his pro day.
Oakland is in desperate need of a quarterback. Last season, three different signal callers got starts for the Raiders. Matt Flynn, Matt McGloin and Terrelle Pryor all struggled under center. Manziel isn’t expected to start playing right away, so being drafted by Oakland might be the perfect fit for him.
The Houston Texans, St. Louis Rams, Jacksonville Jaguars and Cleveland Browns all draft ahead of the Raiders. Houston, Jacksonville and Cleveland are in the market for a quarterback. If Manziel goes to anyone of those cities, he might be thrust into a starting role, right away.
Teams at the begging of the first round aren’t the only ones that are looking at Manziel. The New England Patriots reportedly had a meeting with the quarterback. The defending AFC East champs have the No.29 pick in the draft.
After a 4-12 season, the Raiders have been very active in the offseason. They signed the likes of LaMarr Woodley, Antonio Smith and Justin Tuck in free agency.