The Raiders already found their starting quarterback for next season in Matt Schaub. The search for a long-term solution continued in earnest Thursday, with coach Dennis Allen among a Raiders contingent at the pro day of top quarterback prospect Johnny Manziel.

Allen was one of eight head coaches at Manziel's high-profile workout at College Station, Texas, where Manziel played his collegiate ball for Texas A&M. Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson and quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo also made the trek.

In an interview with the Houston Chronicle, Allen said there's no question about Manziel's arm strength, calling it "well above average." There are concerns, though.

"The biggest thing you have to look at with Johnny, it's really not as much what you see on the field, but all the other things surrounding him — the media attention, the 'celebrity' of Johnny Manziel," Allen said.

"Those are all things, as he continues to mature, that he'll be able to handle. And if he's able to handle those things and keep them under control, he's going to have a successful career."

Manziel is considered one of the most talented players overall in this draft class. Some also view him as the best quarterback among an impressive group that includes Blake Bortles, Teddy Bridgewater and Derek Carr.

The Raiders hold the rights to the No. 5 pick in the NFL draft in May. Trading for Schaub last week addressed the glaring need of finding a starting quarterback for 2014.


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Just the same, general manager Reggie McKenzie and Allen said that acquiring Schaub doesn't necessarily preclude the Raiders from drafting a quarterback in the first round of this year's draft.

Manziel won the Heisman Trophy in 2012 as a freshman. He backed it up with a solid season in 2013. On Thursday, Manziel dazzled general managers, coaches and other NFL employees with an array of throws from a scripted workout that lasted almost an hour.

Making the trip to Texas A&M also provided Allen with an opportunity to meet with Aggies wide receiver Mike Evans and offensive tackle Jake Matthews, both projected as sure-fire first-round picks.

Earlier this month, McKenzie or Allen attended the pro day workouts of quarterbacks Bortles, Bridgewater, Carr and San Jose State's David Fales.

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