Tim Tebow's Guidance Would Be Beneficial for Johnny Manziel

Tim KeeneyContributor IJuly 18, 2013

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 02:  Former Florida Gator and New York Jet Tim Tebow attends the Allstate Sugar Bowl between the Florida Gators and the Louisville Cardinals at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 2, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Johnny Manziel is quickly turning into one of the most polarizing players in America, so why not get some advice from the most polarizing player in America:

Mr. Tim Tebow

Don't worry, that's not some veiled attempt to compare Johnny Football and Tebowmania.

Manziel, much like Tebow, is a collegiate superstar in every sense of the word.

Tebow won the Heisman his sophomore season, came up just shy of repeating during his junior season and left Florida as one of the most productive quarterbacks in the history of the game. 

Manziel has played just one season, but he has already set several records himself, most notably becoming the first freshman ever to win the Heisman. 

Moreover, each is blessed with a rare blend of size, athleticism and instincts. 

But the similarities stop there. 

Manziel has a better arm. He has tremendous strength, is accurate and can make some unbelievable throws on the run. As a result, he's being touted as a future first-round pick. 

ESPN's Todd McShay (subscription needed), Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke and Walter Football all have Manziel slated as a top-32 pick in the 2014 draft. 

However, there is also one thing Tebow has that Manziel hasn't quite yet mastered: A winning character.

As Bleacher Report's Matt Miller points out, Manziel's off-the-field work is keeping the 20-year-old from being a no-doubt first-round pick: 

For the record, nothing Manziel has done has made me question his character, and the scrutiny he receives is far from warranted. He has made some mistakes, sure, but in reality, he's just acting like a normal 20-year-old college kid.

Does that make him some bad person that future organizations can't trust? Not even close. 

Still, he is a bit of an enigma who rubs people the wrong way, and despite his incredibly tantalizing skill set and never-before-seen production on the field, it could very well hurt his draft stock. 

Having a talk or two with Tebow, who's charismatic character and likability off the field is impossible to deny for most, would be beneficial—and Manziel seems to know it (h/t The Big Lead):

I'm not saying Manziel needs Tebow as his own personal watchman or teacher.

But the current New England Patriot has gone through everything Manziel is about to go through ad naseum: he has spent multiple years in the SEC, dealt with the enormously bright spotlight, been through the draft process and been successful in the NFL. 

A conversation here or there would undoubtedly make things a little easier for Manziel.