Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M (HT: 5'11¾", WT: 207 lbs)
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- Outstanding mobility; not only does he excel at extending plays, but he also displays the agility, speed, and vision to rip off large chunks of yardage on the ground.
- Elusive both in the pocket and when he takes off with the ball. Makes defenders miss in confined areas and in the open field.
- An ambitious playmaker that forces defenses to cover the entire field.
- Extraordinary competitor and leader on the field who will do anything it takes to win.
- Possesses rare talents as an improviser. He maneuvers and escapes the pocket like few others.
- Has an unnerving ability to elude pressure and make something out of nothing.
- Is absolutely electric in space.
- Adequate arm strength. He can push the ball downfield and shows the necessary velocity in the intermediate area.
- His hands are dis-proportionally large for his size, helping him as a thrower and allowing him to pump-fake convincingly.
- Is a tone-setter that can dictate the tempo of games.
- Flashes good accuracy in the short and intermediate levels.
- Is able to make the big play in improbable down-and-distance situations.
- Does not have any quit in him. You want the ball in his hands with the game on the line.
- Too many negative plays, he has an inflated opinion of his play-making abilities.
- Lack of size is a concern. Is a hair under 6’0” and relies on his feet to create clear throwing lanes.
- Leaves himself very vulnerable to punishment in the open field. He is wired to gain maximum yardage, but takes too many shots. Long term durability is a big question mark.
- Occasionally holds on to the ball for too long and does not look to check-down.
- Questionable decision-making and ability to read defenses. Forces passes and throws too many up for grabs in traffic.
- Often telegraphs his target and fails to look beyond his first read.
- He swings for the fences, looking to hit the home run rather than move the chains at times.
- Is too reckless with the ball. He needs to get the ball out quicker, even if it means throwing it away sometimes.
- Inconsistent deep accuracy.
- He often short-arm’s passes, partially due to throwing mechanics. Does not have the arm strength to compensate for sloppy footwork.
- Scrambling a double-edged sword, he is sometimes guilty of back-tracking and dancing too much.
- Ball often comes out of his hand wobbly. Throws an inconsistent spiral.
- Off the field distractions could deter some decision-makers from giving him the reins to the franchise.
- Walks a fine between confident and arrogant.
- Maturity appears to be a valid concern.
NFL Comparison: Robert Griffin III, QB, Washington Redskins
- Second Team All-American 2013.
- Chick-fil-A Bowl Offensive MVP 2013.
- Heisman Trophy Finalist 2013.
- Cotton Bowl Offensive MVP 2013.
- Consensus First Team All-American 2012.
- Heisman Trophy Winner 2012.
- First Team All-SEC 2012.
- SEC Offensive Player of the Year 2012.
- Freshman All-SEC 2012.
- SEC Freshman of the Year 2012.
- Associated Press Collegiate Player of the Year 2012.
- Davey O'Brien and Manning Award 2012.
- Redshirted 2011.
- Sports Management major.
One of the most polarizing prospects in recent memory, Johnny Manziel will generate headlines wherever he lands at the next level. His most ardent supporters believe that he will take the NFL by storm, much like he did college football’s Southeastern Conference the past two seasons. Many, on the other hand, believe his reckless nature both on and off the field make him a less than ideal candidate to be an NFL franchise quarterback. While he will never be a 6-foot 4-inch pocket passer, Manziel’s rare mobility and knack for making plays forces defenses to cover the entire field. The upside to drafting him seems remarkable, but I imagine several general managers and coaches would not touch him with a ten-foot pole. Whether or not he lands in a favorable situation, it should be an exciting journey for him and the fans of his team.
Draft Projection: Top Ten