- Paul Gutierrez, ESPN Staff Writer
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Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie has made it clear he wants a playmaker, possibly with the No. 5 overall draft pick.
In their latest mock drafts, Kiper has the Raiders selecting Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins, who was also his pick for Oakland in his first mock draft, while McShay sees Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel going to the Raiders. McShay had the Raiders taking Central Florida QB Blake Bortles in his first mock draft, when Oakland was in position to select third overall.
No doubt Watkins and Manziel are playmakers, and Kiper hedged his bet a bit.
“I think taking a QB is certainly in play here,” Kiper wrote, “but if the board breaks this way, the Raiders also could look to take the best wide receiver in the draft with Watkins, an electrifying talent who can make any QB look better with his blend of competitive pass-catching and exceptional running skills with the ball in his hands.”
McShay, meanwhile, said the Raiders need to upgrade at quarterback from Terrelle Pryor and Matt McGloin, which is understood, even if, as McShay points out, he has a “late-first-round grade” on Manziel.
McShay: “The NFL evaluators who have concerns about Manziel focus on his on- and off-field decision-making and lack of size (not his height, but whether his small frame can hold up over 16-game seasons, given his style of play), but the ones who love him focus on his special improvisational skills, creativity and running ability.”
If both players were still on the board, whom would you take?