Peter King Says Johnny Is A Buccaneer ManMay 6th, 2014
The national media honcho with arguably the best NFL sources, the most street cred — and the guy who has inhaled the most pre-draft smoke — believes Johnny Football will be a Tampa Bay Buccaneer in a matter of hours.
Fight-instigating, barista-training, pedestrian-bumping, olive oil-lapping, popcorn-munching, coffee-slurping, fried-chicken-eating, oatmeal-loving, circle-jerking, beer-chugging, cricket-watching, scone-loathing, college football-naïve, baseball box score-reading Peter King of Sports Illustrated and NBC Sports fame is out with his annual mock draft today.
King predicts “who teams will select,” versus what he thinks should happen. Below are his top-7 picks. Joe finds the Bucs’ call especially intriguing given how much 1-0n-1 time King has spent with Johnny Football and undoubtedly talked to him about what kind of vibe/feedback he got from teams.
No. 1: Houston – Khalil Mack
No. 2: St. Louis – Greg Robinson
No. 3: Jacksonville – Sammy Watkins
No. 4: Atlanta – Jadeveon Clowney (traded up)
No. 5 Oakland – Jake Matthews
No. 6 Cleveland – Mike Evans (traded down)
No. 7: Tampa Bay – Johnny Manziel
On the Bucs’ selection of Johnny Football, King wrote, “Wow. Three players in a row from A&M. Imagine that. If the Bucs do this, Manziel gets to learn for at least half the season behind Josh McCown (a very good player-coach), and the Bucs might be able to turn Mike Glennon into a late day-two pick.”
Joe wishes he was in lockstep with King. It would be an outstanding move for the Bucs to draft Johnny Football and get a third-round pick for Glennon. Regular readers here know Johnny Football is Joe’s preferred pick. However, Joe would be surprised if Johnny Football is sitting there gift wrapped for Tampa Bay at No. 7, and Glennon likely only fetches a fourth-rounder.
Joe believes there are flimsy odds (19 percent chance?) Johnny Football gets past both Jacksonville and Cleveland. And Joe doesn’t expect the Bucs to trade up.
However, Joe’s Johnny Football fantasy just got a shot in the arm. Joe might have to spring for a succulent black grouper and fries lunch to celebrate.