Nov 9, 2013; College Station, TX, USA; Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) and wide receiver Mike Evans (13) before the game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Draft Rumors: Raiders targeting Mike Evans, Sammy Watkins, not Johnny Manziel


Nov 9, 2013; College Station, TX, USA; Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) and wide receiver Mike Evans (13) before the game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

The Oakland Raiders and what direction they want to go in with the fifth overall pick is one of the biggest question marks entering the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft Thursday night.

Although they acquired Matt Schaub from the Houston Texans, Schaub struggled badly last season and the Raiders could really use another quarterback to either develop behind Schaub for a year or two or even start at some time this season.

However, according to Jay Glazer of Fox Sports, who joined J.T. The Brick on Fox Sports Radio Tuesday, the Raiders aren’t all that interested in a quarterback at 5 and will not be targeting former Texas A&M Aggies’ quarterback Johnny Manziel.

Instead, the Raiders are looking at Manziel’s former Texas A&M teammate, wide receiver Mike Evans and former Clemson Tigers’ wide receiver Sammy Watkins.

Watkins will likely be off the board by the time the Raiders’ pick rolls around. The Jacksonville Jaguars appear interested and both the Buffalo Bills and Detroit Lions would like to trade up for Watkins.

Evans is more likely to be available and could wind up being the pick for the Raiders.

(H/T to NFL Trade Rumors)

Tags: 2014 NFL Draft Johnny Manziel Mike Evans NFL Draft Rumors Oakland Raiders Sammy Watkins

  • Darrenmel

    Anyone else believe Mike Evans made Johnny Manziel not the other way around??

    • Ross O

      I made them both

    • Chris Schroeder

      Johnny football is a great playmaker after the pocket collapses in the things he can do. A very special talent. Evans probably didn’t make Johnny football by any means but he definitely did make some spectacular catches that probably no one else not named Mike Evans could have made. So he does deserve credit for that. Both of them deserve to go in the first round in my opinion

    • raidernation

      I agree 100% .. Manziel likes to run doesn’t even wait for the pocket to collapse reminds me of somebody (TP). That guy is overated … thats why Evans made great catches because Manziel would get spook and just throw it in the air. Try throwing to pro bowlers CB and see what happens or run right into a Mike and get rock..

  • KloverJane

    We better get our guy. Tick tock tick tock..

  • Ralphryder

    Great choice in Watkins or Evans. If not available at pick 5.. Trade down