It’s still unclear who will take Johnny Manziel. It’s clear that two teams in the top five won’t.
Earlier tonight, Jay Glazer of FOX reported that the Browns won’t take Manziel with the fourth overall pick in the draft. Glazer has since reported that the Raiders won’t take Manziel with the No. 5 pick.
Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle recently shared a similar sentiment regarding the possibility of the Raiders taking any quarterback with the fifth pick, although Glazer’s report regarding Manziel seems to be more unequivocal.
It makes plenty of sense for the Raiders to not use the fifth pick on a quarterback. They acquired a starter in Matt Schaub. With G.M. Reggie McKenzie and coach Dennis Allen widely believed to be in win-now-or-else mode, why use the fifth pick on a guy who quite possibly would be on the bench this year?
It’s far better for the Raiders to pick players who will contribute right away. If the Raiders don’t players who contribute this year, the franchise could have a new regime come 2015.