Dec 31, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) reacts to the sideline against the Duke Blue Devils during the second quarter in the 2013 Chick-fil-a Bowl at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Draft Rumors: Tampa Bay Buccaneers targeting Johnny Manziel with No. 2 pick


On Tuesday afternoon, a report surfaced the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were looking to trade up to the #2 overall pick.

The St. Louis Rams, by way of the Washington Redskins in the Robert Griffin III trade, hold the second overall pick.

Most believe the Buccaneers, who are in the market for a wide receiver and are the favorites to take former Texas A&M Aggies’ wide receiver Mike Evans, were looking to take former Clemson Tigers’ wide receiver Sammy Watkins.

However, according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, if the Buccaneers do in fact trade up, it won’t be for a wide receiver, but will be to select former Texas A&M Aggies’ quarterback Johnny Manziel.

As we currently understand it, the Buccaneers would be making the move not for Watkins, but for Manziel.

It’s not known whether a deal is close or even doable. Two years ago, the Rams got the sixth overall pick, two more first-round selections, and a second-round pick from Washington for the ability to select Robert Griffin III.

Whatever the Rams may want for the pick, their extensive scouting of Manziel will help them apply an appropriate value to the player, and in turn the slot.

The Buccaneers have reportedly been extremely impressed with Manziel in their meetings and clearly don’t see Mike Glennon or the newly signed Josh McCown as their quarterback of the future (although McCown does appear to be their quarterback of the present).

Tags: 2014 NFL Draft Johnny Manziel NFL Draft Rumors Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • TheFrasier707

    Good fit.let him sit for a year or two?worked for Aaron Rodgers.mcCown isn’t brett but you get the a fl gator so I have mixed emotions.i always root for the if the bucs get Johnny football then I will become a Johnny football fan.

  • JoeBob McGillicuddy

    This is stupid. First, Manziel will be available at 7. Second, why jeopardize 2 draft years to move up to #2? Especially to waste the pick on Manziel who may have one or two years of good football in him, after sitting a couple of years to learn how to play in the NFL. A first rounder needs to be an immediate contributor and there is enough wrong with Manziel’s game to keep him from being that.