Whether the Raiders intend to select a quarterback in this year's NFL draft remains uncertain, but they sure are going out of their way to give off the appearance of doing so.
Raiders coaches and personnel brass are meeting with Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel at team headquarters Monday, with Louisiana State quarterback Zach Mettenberger scheduled to get his own face time with the Raiders later this week.
Manziel is regarded by many as a surefire first-round pick. The Raiders currently hold the rights to the No. 5 pick in this year's draft. Mettenberger is projected as a second-rounder.
The Raiders lined up a private meeting with Mettenberger on Wednesday, the day Mettenberger conducts his pro day at LSU. Several other teams are slated to meet with Mettenberger, as well.
Already Raiders coach Dennis Allen and/or general manager Reggie McKenzie attended the pro days of top quarterback prospects Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater, Blake Bortles, Derek Carr and David Fales.
Manziel, Bortles and Bridgewater likely will be the first three quarterbacks drafted, perhaps in the top 10, with Carr and the others maybe lasting until the second round.
Mettenberger was being mentioned as a potential first-rounder until he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. He underwent surgery to repair the damage and missed LSU's bowl game.
Several reports said that Mettenberger has made a solid recovery and that he intends to perform every quarterback drill at his pro day.
The Raiders currently have four quarterbacks on their roster -- Matt Schaub, Matt McGloin, Terrelle Pryor and Trent Edwards. Allen and McKenzie made it clear that Schaub is the unquestioned starter for 2014, McGloin the leading candidate to be the backup and Pryor's status up in the air.
McKenzie and Allen said the Raiders trading for Schaub doesn't preclude the Raiders from drafting a quarterback in May. Then again, all this time and effort being put into scouting and meeting with the top quarterback prospects might be nothing more than McKenzie trying to create a market for teams interested in trading up in the first and second rounds for a shot at a quarterback.
McKenzie traded away the No. 3 pick last year to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for the No. 12 pick and a second-round pick. He used those selections on cornerback D.J. Hayden and offensive tackle Menelik Watson.