Come May 9th, Johnny Football may be better known as Johnny Raider. SiriusXM NFL Radio reported that Manziel met with the Raiders and that Mark Davis was "very impressed" with what he saw. Manziel is one of the most exciting NFL prospects in the last five years, and for good reason.
In 2012, Manziel became the first freshman to ever win the Heisman Trophy. He passed for 3,706 yards and 26 touchdowns. On the ground, Manziel was unstoppable rushing for 1,410 net yards and 21 touchdowns. He also broke the SEC record with 5,116 total yards of offense.
As the golden boy of college football, Manziel was closely scrutinized in the off-season. That is where Johnny Manziel's career as a role model ended.
On June 29th, 2012, Manziel was arrested for failing to properly identify himself after a fight. He later pleaded guilty in court. Then in July, Manziel left the Manning Passing Academy after missing meeting. Rumors as to why included: He was drinking, he overslept and that he was sick. The next month, Manziel was almost suspended for the entire 2013 season when Outside The Lines reported that he had signed memorabilia in exchange for money.
In 2013, Manziel proved doubters wrong posting ridiculous stats. He threw for 4,114 yards and 37 touchdowns proving that he was a consistent Quarterback. But Manziel also proved that critic and did not bother him. He has drawn comparisons to Fran Tarkenton and Doug Flutie with his electric style of play. He has the arm, accuracy and leadership to be successful in the NFL. The Raiders are desperate for a franchise Quarterback and Johnny Football may be the answer. It is a positive sign that Davis met with him because it gives Raider Nation hope.
Note: The Raiders also met with Teddy Bridgewater: