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Report: Bucs would seriously consider Manziel at No. 7

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Since the draft should be today but won’t be today because the NFL moved it to two weeks from today, we’ll spend today and the next 13 tomorrows wondering what will happen when draft day finally is today.

The guy about which everyone wonders the most is quarterback Johnny Manziel.  Though some continue to insist Manziel won’t be taken in round one, we’d be shocked if he’s on the board when Thursday night ends.

We won’t be shocked if Manziel hears his name called in the top 10.  The latest team to join the list of potential top-10 teams that could take Manziel is the Buccaneers.

Ed Werder of ESPN reports that the Buccaneers would “seriously consider” taking Manziel, if he’s on the board at No. 7.  The Bucs see Manziel as being “very unique,” having a “good arm and accuracy,” and generally being a “great athlete.”

That all may be true, but we can’t help but “seriously consider” whether the Bucs would like to see someone cut the line in front of the Buccaneers and take Manziel, pushing down the board a player the Bucs actually prefer.  There’s otherwise no reason to let it be known that the Bucs would take Manziel.

But since we’ve got two more weeks to go, get ready for more smokescreens and obfuscations (hey, watch your mouth) before the time comes to pick the players.

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57 Responses to “Report: Bucs would seriously consider Manziel at No. 7”
  1. udkidd says: Apr 24, 2014 1:45 PM

    I can see it now, Manziel to Mike Evans…..I mean Vincent Jackson. It could happen.

  2. bostonian13 says: Apr 24, 2014 1:45 PM

    ESPN just needs a story….

  3. unbridledsexy says: Apr 24, 2014 1:45 PM

    The guy isn’t even in the NFL yet and i’m already tired of hearing about him.

  4. 92nick182govikings says: Apr 24, 2014 1:49 PM

    Wow that would be a slap in the face to the Vikings. Picked right before us! Please trade up for him if you have to vikes!

  5. r8rsfan says: Apr 24, 2014 1:49 PM

    Could be in the green room longer than Aaron Rodgers.

  6. kane337 says: Apr 24, 2014 1:49 PM

    OMG, I hope not. Please stay out of the NFC South.

  7. ramitbaby says: Apr 24, 2014 1:49 PM

    Decoded: We really want the Vikings to trade up to our spot when they won’t have to. Glennon’s QB rating was better than 3 of Bradford’s four years…and only missed Bradford’s best season by a less than half a point. He’s the Bucs QB.

  8. jimmyt says: Apr 24, 2014 1:50 PM

    Then they best seriously consider trading up.

  9. celly84 says: Apr 24, 2014 1:51 PM

    Report: Bucs would seriously consider Manziel at No. 7

    You know, all offseason I had hoped this would happen. Would’ve loved to see Manziel in Tampa….

    …but now that this has come out, I don’t see it happening.

    #blatant #smokescreen

  10. wawa33 says: Apr 24, 2014 1:51 PM

    When was the last time Ed Werder was correct about anything?

  11. bunjy96 says: Apr 24, 2014 1:52 PM

    Lets see: Freeman, Bowers, Price. Manziel should fit right in. Did I forget anyone?

  12. wsperegoiv says: Apr 24, 2014 1:52 PM

    There’s no reason for them to leak this information other than trying to get a team to trade up for manziel and push non-qb talent down the board

  13. redandgoldhitman52 says: Apr 24, 2014 1:53 PM

    so much hype for manziel. he’ll get a wake-up call when he starts facing NFL talent who are bigger , faster, stronger. manziel reminds me of brady quinn.

  14. hakunamangata says: Apr 24, 2014 1:54 PM

    With all these stories I think I’ve been linked to Johnny Manziel at this point.

  15. moneymike23 says: Apr 24, 2014 1:55 PM

    I don’t care about an 18 game season or more teams in the playoffs but moving the draft really ticks me off. The worst part is they’ll probably keep moving it down.

  16. deflateddome says: Apr 24, 2014 1:55 PM

    People…Have you ever seen a Norv Turner QB that is a first read then bail QB? Or one even styled after manziel under his tutilidge? The Vikings have no interest in Manziel..

  17. bigdawg24 says: Apr 24, 2014 1:56 PM

    Would be a great pick by the Bucs. Glennon sucks. and doesn’t have much upside. His brain doesn’t process the game fast enough.

    Manziel is a gritty player who is a “Gamer”. Reminds me a lot of Roethlisberger in the way he extends plays.

  18. amazingguy101 says: Apr 24, 2014 1:59 PM

    Lol they have more needs than a QB

  19. metalhead65 says: Apr 24, 2014 2:01 PM

    if this happens then all the Johnny Football haters can rejoice because you will never hear from him again. if he is forced to play in Lovie smith offense his talents will be wasted. absolutely no plays that highlight what he or anybody on offense does well. you will fit his system or look bad trying to. why would they waste a pick on a young qb when they already have one on their roster he won’t play? the fact he made McCowan the starter tells you all you need to know about him and offense.

  20. mclovin07 says: Apr 24, 2014 2:03 PM

    That’d be a stretch at 7…I don’t even want my Vikes to take him at 8….

  21. btellington says: Apr 24, 2014 2:04 PM

    Glennon will have a better NFL career than Manziel.

  22. raiderufan says: Apr 24, 2014 2:04 PM

    I don’t get the desire to just move on from Mike Glennon. He went almost 60% completion for 2,600+ yards and a 19 to 9 ratio over 13 games last year…hardly elite but worthy of a look

  23. wayneflores says: Apr 24, 2014 2:04 PM

    Poor Johnny Football, hope he isn’t another jaMarcus.

  24. kwgator says: Apr 24, 2014 2:05 PM

    This Guy is Tebow MINUS the SEC & National Championships

  25. jmonty1102 says: Apr 24, 2014 2:09 PM

    Tebow 2.o

  26. scoops1 says: Apr 24, 2014 2:10 PM

    He would love to go to Tampa….

    his buddy LeBron is only a few hours away….

    endless meetings at McDonalds for the both of em

  27. keylimelight says: Apr 24, 2014 2:12 PM

    Wherever Manziel goes, he will be an exciting player to watch on Sundays. My guess is that he will fare better than Tebow (based on talent) and look at all the interest Timmy stirred up.

    If Lovey Smith were to have Manziel as a starter, he’ll just keep collecting criticism that he really is a Defense minded coach and doesn’t know how to build a successful Offense–should Johnny fail to deliver.

    I think the Jags would do better to snap him up first.

  28. Steven Coppola says: Apr 24, 2014 2:12 PM

    At a certain point, he’ll get taken by someone. Isn’t it safe to say that everyone will strongly consider him if he’s there at a certain point? Does that mean that he’s #1 on the Bucs board? or #7?

  29. olcap says: Apr 24, 2014 2:14 PM

    Or a trade down with Jerry so HE can have his Johnny? Sounds like a great move by the Bucs FO.

  30. wadrules1 says: Apr 24, 2014 2:14 PM

    He is gonna be a Raider so TB won’t have a choice.

  31. dalcow4 says: Apr 24, 2014 2:15 PM

    Despite all the recent anti-hype, Manziel will be long gone by #7.

  32. southpaw2k says: Apr 24, 2014 2:17 PM

    Report: ESPN’s Ed Werder falling for Bucs’ smokescreen game, Bucs hoping some other team falls for its game too

  33. bucthat says: Apr 24, 2014 2:17 PM

    I really don’t want him. Not at 7. We have much bigger needs at other positions especially if were starting McCown no matter what. Plus if they really hate Glennon just trade him. Get some kind of draft pick for him or something in this draft and let him and us move on. Either way I’m hoping WR at 7 or Mack if he was somehow still there. If not, a trade back would be nice. Im not against taking this kid if he was to somehow fall to us in the second round then fine take a chance.

  34. iwilltrollyoubad says: Apr 24, 2014 2:18 PM

    Somewhere Glennon is debating on threats of retirement.

  35. wjmoffatt says: Apr 24, 2014 2:21 PM

    You said it perfect in the article, smokescreen for a team to move up ahead of them to take him.
    Because let’s look at it:
    -Texans sound like they’re taking clowney, whether they trade him is another story
    -Rams would probably trade back and someone move up for a QB, otherwise let’s say Rams take Khalil Mack
    -Jaguars take Mack or QB
    -Browns seem to like Greg Robinson
    -raiders now this is the pick the Bucs are targeting to have someone move into, probably so the Raiders don’t select Sammy Watkins!

  36. phillytailgater says: Apr 24, 2014 2:21 PM

    This guy has a chance to be brilliant or be a wasted pick. There is no in between. From pick 20 on down its a great upside pick. Before that? Buyer beware.

  37. realfootballfan says: Apr 24, 2014 2:21 PM

    Lovie’s got to find his Tampa Rex Grossman somewhere.

  38. wjmoffatt says: Apr 24, 2014 2:24 PM

    ^if this is the case Bucs trading Mike Williams is brilliant because Falcons can’t trade out now. Teams 8 and 9 have no WR needs to move up but team 9 would take a OT just like falcons would (team 9 being bills who they traded mike Williams to making WR a none option)

  39. 92nick182govikings says: Apr 24, 2014 2:24 PM

    Manziel fits in with a heavy run team and thats the Vikings.

  40. packersaregod says: Apr 24, 2014 2:33 PM

    Nice.

  41. tangysizzl says: Apr 24, 2014 2:35 PM

    The guy is being compared to Fran Tarkenton and Brett Favre, the Vikings 2 best QBs they ever had so there is zero chance they pass on him at 8.

    Not sure they will have that chance but don’t expect them to pass if they do.

  42. earpaniac says: Apr 24, 2014 2:42 PM

    Bucs fans, if this happens, get used to this phrase no matter how well he plays: “Johnny is our quarterback.”

  43. jchipwood says: Apr 24, 2014 2:50 PM

    Really don’t think there,s anyway he lasts to 7. Someone will trade up and bite.

  44. qdog112 says: Apr 24, 2014 3:01 PM

    Please … My Panthers would love that. Problem is, Lovie don’t want that fool.

  45. citizenstrange says: Apr 24, 2014 3:05 PM

    Just curious what everyone thinks of Manziel compared to Doug Flutie. Are they about the same or is one much better than the other?

    Also, would Flutie thrive more in today’s NFL with all the rules favoring the offense?

    I would probably draft Manziel over (a 21-year-old) Flutie due to accuracy but I don’t see a huge difference between them. But I think Flutie would do very well in today’s NFL.

  46. drs76109 says: Apr 24, 2014 3:07 PM

    Why do I think of Brady Quinn when I read stories about Manziel?

  47. noleitup says: Apr 24, 2014 3:09 PM

    As a bucs fan if we took Manziel I would be all for it as long as Sammy Watkins is already off the board. The guys a playmaker and a touchdown machine. He would probably be the most exciting offensive player weve had since Warrick Dunn.

  48. 92nick182govikings says: Apr 24, 2014 3:19 PM

    Manziel reminds Mel Kiper of Fran Tarkenton. Tarkenton was a Vike, Manziel must be a vike!

  49. h8glazersgobucs says: Apr 24, 2014 3:39 PM

    Freeman may end up with a better overall career then Manziel. Still wondering why they cut Steve Young.

  50. davefromwork says: Apr 24, 2014 4:00 PM

    As a Bucs’ fan I’m glad to see they’re blowing smoke about him, and hopefully have no interested at all in actually picking him.

    Running backs have an average career of about 3 seasons, and that’s about how long a running quarterback is able to use the run as an effective weapon in the NFL. RBs aren’t able to handle the pounding and undersized QBs like Manziel certainly can’t either.

    The game forces you into the pocket as a QB, whether you like it or not. Manziel just hasn’t demonstrated the ability to be a pocket passer on the level he’ll need to in order to warrant a top 10 draft selection. I’d rather not hope he can learn on the fly, if I’m a team picking in the top 10. Use the pick on someone more NFL ready.

  51. willbrownimaging says: Apr 24, 2014 4:21 PM

    Tampa didn’t cut Steve Young…they traded him to the 49ers for 2nd & 4th round picks.

    Not sure that makes it a whole lot better in hindsight given what Young accomplished, but still.

  52. greymares says: Apr 24, 2014 4:39 PM

    Lovie is to smart of a football man to draft this joke.

  53. tlmoon2112 says: Apr 24, 2014 4:59 PM

    He would make the perfect bad-boy-pirate image the Bucs need for PR……he’ll also be the next Brett Favre wherever he goes. Kid’s got game.

  54. bassplucker says: Apr 24, 2014 5:27 PM

    Lovie’s ineptitude at evaluating talent — especially on offense — was legendary in Chicago. So this wouldn’t surprise me a bit.

  55. granadafan says: Apr 24, 2014 6:47 PM

    I can’t see Tedford working well with Manziel. Tedford likes pro style QBs, not running ones.

  56. uglyglazers says: Apr 25, 2014 8:11 AM

    Looking at the schedule release, I see the Bucs getting 5-6 wins. 7 tops this season. They really are a project in the works, while everyone they seem to be playing has had more stability. (except Carolina)

  57. roofcleaningtampa says: Apr 26, 2014 11:47 AM

    Tampa would like Johnny, but he will be long gone by the time we pick.
    Since we traded away Mike Williams, we need a number 2 receiver in Tampa, to pair with an aging Vince Jackson.
    Mike Evans will probably be there, and that’s who I see us taking, at number 7.

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