Dec 27, 2013; Alameda, CA, USA; General view of an Oakland Raiders helmet at press conference at Oakland Raiders Practice Facility. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Draft Rumors: Raiders 'aren't really considering' Blake Bortles or Johnny Manziel


The Oakland Raiders have the fifth overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft and are deciding what to do with it. Despite trading for quarterback Matt Schaub from the Houston Texans, they could be tempted to take another passer, though sources tell the San Francisco Chronicle that the Raiders aren’t considering either Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel or Central Florida’s Blake Bortles with the No. 5 pick.

Still, though, sources say the Raiders aren’t really considering drafting Manziel or Bortles at No. 5.

Does that mean they’d only consider Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater? Maybe, or maybe they’re just not high on this crop of quarterbacks. General manager Reggie McKenzie said that Schaub gives them some security at the position, but wouldn’t cause them to bypass a quarterback if they’re on the board.

“What it does is just give us some stability at that position, and we needed that,” McKenzie said. “Because we traded for Schaub does that mean we’re going to bypass a (quarterback) that we’ve got graded a certain way? No.”

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  • Chris Schroeder

    Hurry up draft, all this speculation is boring me. McKenzie shocked everybody last year with his first draft decision and I wouldn’t put it past him to do it again. We can only hope that his decisions are smart decisions that pays dividends. As far as the media is concerned, it’s hard to see what’s in front of you while steering through a fog bank. In other words…. Nobody knows what Reggie McKenzie’s thinking or what his draft board looks like or what he will do on draft day except for the individuals inside the war room.

  • Pridenpoise

    There will not be a QB taken by the Raiders with 5th pick, find another topic to write about, this is redundant and boring.

  • RaiderCraig

    Why is this even a story? I’ve read this same quote in about 10 other stories today. When the Raiders traded a 6th round pick for Matt Schaub, this essentially eliminated a QB for consideration at the #5 slot. Only way the Raiders take a QB in the first round is if Derek Carr falls in the first round and we package our Second rounder and other picks/players to move back into the first round. In fact, Vic Tafur whom this quote is by, has stated that Carr is the #1 QB on the Raiders board, so why is a shock we would pass on Manziel and Bortles. Like I said, NON-Story!!!