The Oakland Raiders are doing their diligence when it comes to the 2014 NFL Draft, especially at the quarterback position. General manager Reggie McKenzie, head coach Dennis Allen, offensive coordinator Greg Olson, and quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo have taken in all the top quarterback prospects Pro Days. Now, the Raiders plan on bringing in some of those quarterbacks to their turf to learn more about the signal callers. First on the docket is Johnny Football.
ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting Johnny Manziel will fly out to Oakland to spend tonight and Monday with the Raiders. Both McKenzie and Allen have discussed their interest in Manziel from the beginning of the draft process.
Oakland traded for quarterback Matt Schaub this offseason to be their starter. However, they have said that will not deter them from selecting a quarterback in the 2014 NFL Draft. McKenzie abides by the best player available draft approach and if he feels Manziel is that, he will pull the trigger. The Raiders hold the fifth selection in the NFL Draft currently, which seems high to take a quarterback, especially with Schaub on board, but as the Raiders know firsthand, teams need quality quarterbacks to win in this league.
Manziel looked very impressive in his Pro Day, which has ratcheted up interest around the league. Allen, Olson, and DeFilippo were all in attendance. Manziel has already visited the New England Patriots and now is off to Oakland. Reggie McKenzie has said that he would prefer to have a rookie quarterback sit and learn before being thrown in the mix. The Raiders have shown plenty of interest in Manziel, so this is just another step in the draft process for Manziel and the Raiders.
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