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Johnny Football has been getting a lot of flak lately, but he's got talent that's hard to ignore.
Weight: 200 pounds
College stats to date: 372/545 for 3,924 yards, 38 touchdowns and 13 interceptions
Johnny Manziel has been the most polarizing figure in college football since he led his Aggies to victory over the powerhouse Alabama Crimson Tide.
He’s shown a wide range of athletic ability, scoring monster touchdowns with his arm and legs. Although he has a solid corps of talent around him at Texas A&M, it’s clear the Aggies are a next-level team with the reigning Heisman winner at the helm.
The best thing Manziel has going for him is his athletic ability. At 6’1”, 200 pounds, he is not that big and will need to be a speedy athlete if he wants to survive in the NFL.
He shows great instincts and performs well on the fly; he makes something out of nothing on broken plays.
He’s not so much an RG3 clone as he is a smaller Colin Kaepernick-esque player. He doesn’t have the greatest long ball, but his short and intermediate routes are hardly matched by most.
If he can bulk up and improve his durability, Manziel could be a scary player in the NFL.
Most recently, Heismanziel has been surrounded with accusations surrounding autographs he reportedly sold. He also had quite an eventful summer as he was seen on TMZ a couple of times, most recently for getting kicked out of a frat party at the Aggies’ in-state rival’s campus.
The questions surrounding his performance on the field are largely related to the translation of his skill set combination at the next level. Sure he can elude and juke out guys in the college ranks, but so did Tim Tebow. They do have two different styles of running, but the concerns surrounding Manziel’s play are a pretty good comparison to those surrounding Tebow.
His size is another issue, as most teams are going to bank on him not being the second coming of Doug Flutie. He also has inconsistent ball placement and is a little weak on the long ball.
Although he lacks some of the critical mechanics to become a star quarterback in the NFL, he could perform well in the right system. There’s not a specific offense in which Manziel’s style of play fits best besides the gimmicky (and failing) read-option, so teams will have to build around his strengths.
Although his abilities aren’t necessarily indicative of a first-round pick, his star power and flashy game tape will make him an irresistible choice for a team in the first few rounds.