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.