And they're looking at him soon, with Adam Schefter of ESPN reporting Manziel is in Oakland meeting with Raiders leadership Sunday night and Monday.
Manziel was in Dallas for the Final Four, having been spotted with Drake at AT&T Stadium, home of the Cowboys. (See: above and below.)
Drake. Johnny. You know I had to do it for you. pic.twitter.com/nJ21VH76YE— Ben Cohen (@bzcohen) April 6, 2014
In our latest round of 2014 NFL Mock Drafts, three of our five mocks have Manziel landing with the Raiders (Pat Kirwan has it happening in a trade with the Buccaneers; Dane Brugler and I have Johnny Football off the board already).
There's not that many dots to connect here, really. The Raiders need a quarterback, the Raiders need an infusion of talent and the Raiders need a new identity and reason for fans to get excited. Manziel would fit the bill and, man, couldn't you see Al Davis taking him at No. 5?
Whether Mark Davis, the Raiders owner and Al's son, feels the same remains to be seen. It's conceivable he falls in love with Manziel as a guy to turn the franchise around and pushes GM Reggie McKenzie in that direction.
It's possible they won't have a shot at the former Texas A&M star anyway, if the Texans, Jaguars or Browns are high on Manziel.
But the Raiders are currently checking out a quarterback who's very much in play for them at No. 5.