By Steve Corkran
Monday, February 24th, 2014 at 12:24 pm in Oakland Raiders.
Former Raiders All-Pro quarterback Rich Gannon calls Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel a “bad fit” for the Raiders. Maybe so, but that hasn’t deterred the Raiders from considering Manziel as their quarterback of the future.
Raiders owner Mark Davis, coaches and front-office workers met with Manziel over the weekend at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis, according to Sirius radio.
The Raiders own the rights to the No. 5 pick in the NFL draft in May. It’s conceivable that Manziel will be available when the Raiders make their initial selection.
The Tweet from Sirius said those in attendance at the Raiders meeting with Manziel came away “very impressed.”
Gannon also is impressed by Manziel. He just doesn’t think the Raiders are an ideal fit for Manziel, who succeeds in large part because of his ability to keep plays alive with his feet and improvise when plays break down.
“A team has to be ready for a young quarterback,” Gannon said in Indianapolis. “I don’t think that team is quite ready yet.”
Terrelle Pryor’s skill set resembles Manziel’s in some ways, and Pryor struggled last season in his nine starts.
As of now, Pryor, Matt McGloin and Trent Edwards are the only quarterbacks on the Raiders roster.
Coach Dennis Allen and general manager Reggie McKenzie said it’s no secret that the Raiders quarterback situation remains unsettled and that finding a solution is a high priority.
Manziel is regarded by some as the top quarterback prospect in this year’s draft class. Other intriguing candidates include Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater, Central Florida’s Blake Bortles, Fresno State’s Derek Carr and Eastern Illinois’ Jimmy Garappolo.
“I really like him,” Gannon said of Manziel. “ … My biggest concern is the discipline from a quarterback standpoint. Footwork, sitting in the pocket, going through reads and progressions.
“He has to go somewhere where they have a very disciplined coordinator and quarterback coach, somebody who is really going to grind on him and stay on him for those first couple years as he learns the system. He’s a guy who likes to ad lib a lot, and you can’t always do that in the NFL.”
The Raiders also met with Bridgewater at the scouting combine. Bridgewater said he walked away from the meeting confident that the Raiders liked what they heard and learned.