Johnny Manziel visits Oakland Raiders

April 7, 2014 – 12:29 am by Hickey

Johnny Manziel

It’s a match made in Heaven, or at least whatever after-world it is that Raiders fans are transported to.

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel is visiting Oakland today, as confirmed by various NFL reporters who talk to people that know Manziel and the Raiders organization. Manziel was most recently seen at the Final Four kicking it with his boy Drake on Saturday before flying out to California on Sunday.

Stylistically, it seems like the perfect pairing. Manziel is the roguish prince of college football and a seemingly ideal fit for the franchise that has always embraced a rebellious spirit. His cocksure attitude is also exactly the type of force capable of making a moribund team believe that winning more than 5 games a season is actually an attainable task.

On the flip side, it could potentially be a recipe for disaster.

Johnny Football’s spoiled-brat perception and smallish stature make him the ultimate risk-reward pick of this draft. The Raiders have been a rudderless ship for the better part of a decade, and the anarchy in place could prove to be kindling for the fire of complete failure. (See: Russell, Jamarcus).

Oakland has the No. 5 pick in the draft, and traded for quarterback Matt Schaub last month. That deal made it seem like the Raiders’ more pressing immediate needs in this draft will be at offensive line and wide receiver, so it is possible that today will end up being the extent of the relationship between Manziel and the Raiders. However, it’s hard to think of a more fun fit for Johnny Football regardless of whether he sinks or swims.

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  1. One Response to “Johnny Manziel visits Oakland Raiders”

  2. Pleeeeeeease not Johnny Football. Sammy Watkins – yea, Jadeveon Clowney – absolutely, Khalil Mack – ok, Derek Carr – terrific as trade down option, Mike Evans – nice impact as trade down. Manziel goes against everything good that McKenzie has been building this off season. Team first, character driven veteran leaders who will take pride in bringing the Silver & Black back to respectability. These wily vets will go to war with Schaub at the helm. They all have something to prove. Manziel already thinks he’s proved himself and the media keeps driving the hype to perpetuate his over sized ego. We need talent, but we also need immediate impact players to supplement that which has already been accomplished in free agency. Not someone to possibly tear it all apart before it even gets to show itself on the field. The anointed one’s presence and his “ME” attitude will be a huge distraction in the locker room – I can see the veterans’ eyeballs rolling right out of their skulls. Derek Carr watching and waiting under Schaub’s tutelage is better for team chemistry and a less boom or bust option. Even a David Fales in the 5th or 6th round could be successful (remember 6th round selection Tom Brady, or even our very own Rich Gannon also selected by the Patriots in the 4th round). We can’t afford to waste our # 5 pick on a possible future impact player – there are no Lucks in this years draft class. So let’s wait and get our potential future franchise QB where there is value, and take a “now” impact player who will give as opposed to take from the team first mindset.

    By Reggie Jakeson on Apr 7, 2014

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