Johnny Manziel to Visit Buccaneers on Thursday
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This week has been a busy week for the Bucs in their attempt to find a quarterback of the future for their franchise.
Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater and Eastern Illinois’ Jimmy Garoppolo have already come and gone from One Buc Place, but the biggest name might be on his way.
According to NFL.com’s Albert Breer, that visit will be happening soon.
After wrapping up with the Jags, Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel's next visit is with the Buccaneers. He'll be in Tampa tomorrow.—
Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) April 09, 2014
The Buccaneers are obviously doing their due diligence in figuring out which quarterback in this draft they’d like to invest in for the future. While receiver seems like the obvious pick for the Bucs with the 7th pick, there is still a good chance Clemson’s Sammy Watkins and Texas A&M’s Mike Evans are both off the board. If that happens, the Bucs might be in a prime position to take a quarterback to build their franchise around.
Johnny Manziel is not the most talented or most physically gifted quarterback to ever enter the NFL, but his playmaking ability is special. He can run around and scramble like Fran Tarkenton or Steve Young, but plays with the mindset of Brett Favre.
As I have been saying for months now, nobody knows if this “boom or bust” prospect will be a success in the NFL, but the bigger concern might not be drafting him and him not panning out. The bigger concern for a team like the Bucs outside of the top 5 picks might be passing on Johnny Manziel and watching him reach his potential with another franchise. Johnny Manziel is the type of star that immediately puts a franchise on the map for a minimum of 3 years, whether he works out or not.
As a season ticket holder, I would feel like every person buying season tickets would get their full money’s worth for at least the next 3 years. When was the last season for the Bucs a season ticket holder could say that?
Quarterbacks are always risky picks, but with the new CBA in place, missing on a quarterback early in a draft is not as financially damning as it once was in the past.
Are you ready for the Buccaneer organization to take a chance on a player like Johnny Manziel?
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