When Johnny Manziel officially entered the NFL Draft on Wednesday morning, it became a scene where you could just insert a teams name and then mention Manziel as a possibility. He’s the type of rock star name that warrants that attention, but only teams in the top 10 need to be serious about their consideration of Manziel.
One of those teams is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and they happen to fit to of the prerequisites for seriously considering Manziel — they have a top 10 pick and might need a QB.
ESPN NFC South blogger Pete Yasinskas mentions that the possibility of the Buccaneers considering Manziel at No. 7 overall isn’t as crazy as you’d think. The main hangup in the idea has nothing to do with how well Manziel would mesh with the Bucs, it as more to do with whether or not Manziel is on the board when the Bucs go on the clock. Trading up seems like a wild stretch given the need for a quarterback isn’t high, but if he’s on the board, Tampa Bay might be intrigued to bite.
What it all boils down to is how Lovie Smith and the Buccaneers feel about Mike Glennon. Drafting Manziel would mean the team would have drafted two quarterbacks in the first three rounds in two years. The value of a quality backup is on the rise in the NFL, but Manziel and Glennon would be in competition, not in a mentoring situation.
Tampa Bay will look into Manziel, but how serious they are about him is yet to be determined.