"Bad fit," Gannon said, asked if Manziel would be right for the organization, which picks No. 5 overall in the May 8-10 NFL draft and would likely have to trade for a higher pick if it wants the former Texas A&M star. "Only from the standpoint that I think a team has to be ready for a young quarterback. I don't think that team is quite ready yet."
After a 4-12 season, the Raiders have plenty of other needs. Its offense ranked No. 23 in the NFL in total yards, 24th in scoring, and rookie quarterbacks often need a strong foundation of talent around them to succeed. But while Gannon doesn't see Manziel being ideal for the Silver & Black, he's clearly a Johnny Football fan.
"I really like him. I know people make a big deal about some of the off-the-field issues and some of the maturity things. To me, he's a young guy who's had a lot of success and we all handle it differently," Gannon said. "I think my biggest concern is the discipline from a quarterback standpoint. Footwork, sitting in the pocket, going through reads and progressions. I think 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."
Unfortunately for Manziel, getting picked near the top of the draft as a quarterback almost inherently means the offense is in need of work.