The phenomenon known as "Johnny Football" took the college football world by storm in 2012, when he led his Texas A&M Aggies to a win over eventual national champion Alabama last November in Tuscaloosa. It would be the Crimson Tide’s only loss of the season.
In December, Johnny Manziel became the first freshman in NCAA history to win the Heisman Trophy.
Manziel’s legend continued to grow in January when the Aggies throttled Oklahoma 41-13 in the Cotton Bowl. The game was played at Cowboys Stadium, where Manziel put on a show. He ran for 229 yards and two touchdowns while throwing for 287 yards and two more scores.
After that performance, fans and media alike began to wonder: Could Manziel do this in the NFL?
Some might question the type of offense Manziel is in and wonder if he is just a product of head coach Kevin Sumlin’s system, like so many others before him. One thing is for sure, Manziel is a playmaker and much more than just a system quarterback.
With the NFL slowly adapting to concepts such as the pistol formation and zone read, Manziel suddenly became an interesting commodity to NFL personnel evaluators.
Manziel is far from a finished product, however, and here are four things Manziel must improve in order to make a successful transition to the NFL in the future.