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6'1", 200 lbs, Redshirt Sophomore
The most electric player in all of college football, Johnny Manziel is a human highlight reel with the ball in his hands. While he plays in a wide-open offense, Manziel is asked to make quick, complex reads and does so at a high level. He's also talented enough to make something out of nothing on broken plays.
As a pure passer, Manziel's arm strength is underrated by most. He has the strength to put the ball all over the field and can force passes into tight windows when he takes time to step into passes. The biggest positive you get with Manziel is that no play is ever truly over.
He can run like a tailback and moves not only to pick up yards, but also to open passing windows. With Manziel at quarterback, an offense is versatile and dangerous. And to those who question his arm strength, rewatch the Alabama game. His arm is plenty strong enough.
Without ever meeting or speaking to Manziel, I can't comment on his ego or personality, but there are many who will. It's impossible to avoid the tweets and stories about Manziel's off-field highlights, and once he makes himself eligible for the NFL draft, those antics will come under the microscope.
As a player, Manziel has to clean up his passing mechanics. Like most athletic quarterbacks, he relies too often on his arm to power throws instead of stepping through passes. That can lead to poor velocity and too much air under the ball.
There's also the strong possibility that his size will be a major issue for some NFL teams. At 6'1", Manziel will have to prove to teams that he's big enough to be a passer and handle the hits of NFL defenders as a runner.
2014 NFL Draft Projection: First-round selection
It's unlikely that the reigning Heisman Trophy winner will return for a third season at quarterback for Texas A&M.
Manziel should be expected to enter the 2014 NFL draft, where his stock will be exceptionally polarizing. I view him as a first-round prospect due to his playmaking ability and his potential as a passer.