There are a lot of hot takes that get generated around the NFL Draft. Some of the things said tonight will be looked on years from now as laughable.
While working as an analyst for ESPN that year, Gruden advertised for the Houston Texans, who had the top pick, to take Manziel first overall. Mel Kiper vehemently disagreed, calling that "overdrafting," but Gruden maintained that Manziel would be worth it.
"I don't feel like I'm overdrafting! If I'm a quarterback coach, this is the quarterback that I want to mold for the modern day NFL," Gruden declared as his panelists argued with him.
Video of that hot take - and others - has gone viral ahead of the NFL Draft today. And fans are sparing no effort in roasting the former Raiders head coach:
We all know how the story with Johnny Manziel ends though. Manziel goes to the Cleveland Browns, struggles and is ultimately released after just two seasons as off-the-field issues haunt his entire career.
As for Gruden, he returned to the NFL as head coach of the Raiders a few years later. But no amount of QB knowledge was enough to prepare him for the struggles the league had in store for him.
The Raiders fired Gruden after 3.5 seasons, and it's doubtful he'll ever coach in the NFL again.
He'll probably never work a draft day ever again either.