Despite the fact that Johnny Manziel is considerably undersized for the NFL, he still measures out as one of the most talented quarterbacks in the 2014 draft class. Manziel’s moxie, competitive spirit and ability to have fun on the field are reminiscent of Brett Favre.
Johnny Football is an underrated athlete, equipped with the foot speed to evade would-be tacklers all day long.
His decision-making, immaturity and smallish frame should set him back in terms of his draft status, but he does seem to have certain intangibles that you look for when seeking out your franchise quarterback.
Manziel's evaluations within the draftnik community have been all over the spectrum.
Josh Liskiewitz of GM Jr Scouting has leaned on the side of skepticism when it comes Johnny Football. He charted three of his games and was left unimpressed. He pointed out that in his sampling of games, Manziel was only 12-of-30 with two touchdowns and three interceptions on throws of 15 yards or more.
Yet on the other side of the coin, I spoke to Brendan Leister, the editor at DraftBrowns.com, and he sees a much more promising prospect than what Josh saw.
"Thus far, charting Manziel has confirmed my initial view that his ball placement is very strong to all levels of the field," Leister said. He went on to say that he believed Manziel was emerging as his top quarterback prospect in this upcoming draft.
Manziel is clearly not for everyone. Some GMs will openly embrace a character like his, while others will keep him as far away from their franchise as possible.
We still are not sure whether Manziel will return for another season at Texas A&M, but all signs seem to point toward him declaring early for the NFL draft.