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Will Buccaneers make play for Johnny Manziel in NFL draft?

We're two months away from the draft, so that means we've got hours upon hours to try and decipher what teams will do once the lights come on at Radio City Music Call.

We've gained some insight into what directions teams will take based on what they're doing in free agency, but that doesn't mean they're set on going a certain direction. Case in point could be Lovie Smith and his crew in Tampa Bay, which NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah views as the ideal landing spot for Johnny Manziel.

"We've heard a lot about the Browns, we've heard a lot about the Jaguars. But I think you slide down to pick No. 7 and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. I think that's a perfect fit for him," Jeremiah said Thursday night on NFL Network's "Path to the Draft." "You've got a good running game behind you in Doug Martin. I love what Jason Licht has done in his first season with the team, very aggressive in free agency to fill a lot of holes.

"I think they have a luxury here. You've got [Josh] McCown here at quarterback so he could play to start them off and then eventually you can slide in Johnny Football and go."

When the Bucs signed McCown, everybody thought that wasn't good news for last year's rookie starter in Mike Glennon. Then Smith surprisingly confirmed what everybody was thinking by saying McCown would be the first guy under center for the team.

The former Bears quarterback is 34 so by no means is he the long-term option. That at least cracks open the door for the team to go after a signal-caller when May rolls around. Still, we bet McCown wouldn't be all that happy if Manziel is the pick after he was promised the starting job to sign there.

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Fellow analyst Charles Davis thinks a different Florida-based team is the best fit for Manziel.

"I still think it's the Jacksonville Jaguars. Why? Because of the people that would be around him," Davis said. "Head coach Gus Bradley came from Seattle; remember Pete Carroll, Russell Wilson and how that worked out? They can give (Manziel) the love and affection he would need because Johnny Football isn't going to do everything according to the X's and O's."

As unpredictable as Johnny Football is in the field, mocking where he goes in this year's draft might be even more muddled.

Follow Bryan Fischer on Twitter @BryanDFischer.

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