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Manziel, Mettenberger … and the beat goes on

Whether the Raiders intend to select a quarterback in this year’s NFL draft remains uncertain, but they sure are going out of their way to give off that appearance.
Raiders coaches and personnel brass are meeting with Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel at team headquarters Monday, with Louisiana State quarterback Zach Mettenberger scheduled to get his own face time with the Raiders later this week.
Manziel is regarded by many as a sure-fire first-round pick. The Raiders currently hold the rights to the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft. Mettenberger is projected as a second-rounder.
The Raiders lined up a private meeting with Mettenberger on Wednesday, the day Mettenberger conducts his pro day at LSU. Several other teams are slated to meet with Mettenberger, as well.
Already Raiders coach Dennis Allen and/or general manager Reggie McKenzie attended the pro days of top quarterback prospects Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater, Blake Bortles, Derek Carr and David Fales.
Manziel, Bortles and Bridgewater likely will be the first three quarterbacks drafted, perhaps in the top 10, with Carr and the others maybe lasting until the second round.
Mettenberger was being mentioned as a potential first-rounder until he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. He underwent surgery to repair the damage and missed LSU’s bowl game.
Several reports said that Mettenberger has made a solid recovery and that he intends to perform every quarterback drill at his pro day.
The Raiders currently have four quarterbacks on their roster – Matt Schaub, Matt McGloin, Terrelle Pryor and Trent Edwards. Allen and McKenzie made it clear that Schaub is the unquestioned starter for 2014, McGloin the leading candidate to be the backup and Pryor’s status up in the air.
McKenzie and Allen said the Raiders trading for Schaub doesn’t preclude the Raiders from drafting a quarterback in May. Then again, all this time and effort being put into scouting and meeting with the top quarterback prospects might be nothing more than McKenzie trying to create a market for teams interested in trading up in the first and second rounds for a shot at a quarterback.
McKenzie traded away the No. 3 pick last year to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for the No. 12 pick and a second-round pick. He used those selections on cornerback D.J. Hayden and offensive tackle Menelik Watson.
In other news, the Raiders reportedly are slated to meet with Indiana University wide receiver Cody Latimer a week from today.

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  • RaiderDirt

    I rather work a trade with #7 TB (after the Williams trade they’re in need of a wr) or #8 Minn needs a #1 as well..

  • Twinkle

    You have very little faith in anything regarding our team.This is what we have……Reg as GM……DA as HC the players that we have on the roster…….that’s it and that’s all. Either root for what we’ve got or do whatever.I somehow doubt you’ll ever be satisfied cause we ain’t ever gonna be the 70′s team.

  • BigBenRexor

    With as many top picks they’ve had in the past decades, they should’ve been at least in the mix of the AFCN.

  • _Mista_

    SeymourSIlverBush666 is now going to call you a Browns fan for the next 3 years.

  • Twinkle

    Anyone have any clue why these idiots that run this league put the draft back three weeks ? I’m sure it has everything to do with the money. On that note I see more teams are participating in the personal seat visits by the cheerleaders
    These owners are a bunch of ho’s for damn sure.

  • _Mista_

    tj the bj, who do you want for a HC ?

  • Twinkle

    Yep it’s the same step they’ve been falling over since Adam was a boy. Can anyone explain four wins with the talent they had last year ? Nope………..just watch em take anything but a QB again…….people think we’re a joke ?….
    jesus wept….smh

  • Twinkle

    Even in your buddy Reg’s hands it would have resulted in at least one Lombardi no ? lmao

  • R8erEduc8er

    New “post”.

  • Twinkle

    Himself for gods sake……..lol

  • _Mista_

    He has no clue.

  • 2romes

    I think this question is worthy of being answered? I haven’t a clue how to answer it.

  • IAmAlwaysWrong

    shut up moron

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    Jax are in the same talent & draft position as us basically.
    They have the edge on us in the first and fourth, we are ahead of them in the 2nd & 3rd.

  • the super genius dr robert

    Well said. I wish u were always this lucid.

  • TrevJo

    Yes but when you say:
    “Oakland have a legitimate #1 WR? Don’t think so. . .”
    I’m putting into perspective (my perspective) the significance of that issue.
    If your blueprint is to trade down then why talk pumping up Watkins as a #1 WR and emphasizing our lack of a #1 WR?

    I agree with you that we don’t have a #1 WR. I don’t agree with you that there are as few #1 WRs in the NFL as you say.

    Bottom line to me… I don’t rate Watkins quite as high as you seem to, and I don’t put a ton of emphasis on having a #1 WR like most on this blog seem to.

    I’m going to stop here because this is quickly getting into the territory again where I really don’t understand the motivation for what you are saying or what your real point is.

  • Pre Bone

    no mention of Mettenberger’s rap sheet? It seems to go against the type of players that Reggie drafts.

  • Mike_Trail

    Yep, Bigtime. Dude drives me nuts.