He is the guy everyone has been talking about. He is the guy everyone is still talking about. He is the guy everyone won’t stop talking about. He is Johnny “Football” Manziel.
The Texas A&M alum surely has been living up the life under the bright lights of the media, and he has been handling it well. Surely he is the most controversial quarterback—maybe even player—in the 2014 NFL draft, but that hasn’t deterred the ex-Aggie as he prepares for the biggest day of his life on May 8.
No matter what has been said about him, it seems Manziel has been very capable of responding well to his critics.
Back in February, ESPN analyst Merril Hoge was quoted as saying the quarterback will be a bust.
“I see bust written all over him,” Hoge said. “Especially if he’s drafted in the first round.”
So what did Manziel do?
He went out to his pro day and impressed viewers with a near perfect performance by completing 63 of 65 passes.
One of those viewers who happened to be in attendance was Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith. Smith stated in an interview with ESPN he thought Manziel did a great job.
“He made the throws that you look for and that you wanted to see, so it was good,” Smith said. “It's just part of it and it was impressive.”
Manziel has also impressed us off the field by scoring a 32 on the Wonderlic intelligence test.
At the combine, Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel rang up an impressive score of 32 on the Wonderlic, I'm told. Should help his cause.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) April 11, 2014
The test is used by NFL teams to judge how an athlete performs mentally under high-pressure situations.
Out of all the quarterbacks participating in the draft this year, Manziel’s score was the highest.
Many analysts have Manziel getting drafted in the top 10. Where he will go within the top 10 is still not entirely agreed upon.
Let’s take a look at where Manziel is predicted to go in five recent mock drafts.
Matt Miller, Bleacher Report—Eighth overall, Minnesota Vikings
Mel Kiper, ESPN—Fourth overall, Cleveland Browns
Chris Burke, Sports Illustrated—Fourth overall, Cleveland Browns
Rob Rang, CBS Sports—Fourth overall, Cleveland Browns
Daniel Jeremiah, NFL.com—Third overall, Jacksonville Jaguars
So it looks like Johnny Football may be heading to the shores of Lake Erie, according to these guys, but remember the NFL draft is full of surprises. Any one of these destinations are a possibility. That is what makes this process so fun!
In one of the NFL’s most highly anticipated events of the offseason, the 21-year-old from the small town of Tyler, Texas is just one of the many quarterbacks vying to be a team’s next franchise signal-caller.
It is all speculation from here on out, but one thing for sure is Manziel has proven he is ready to compete at the next level. Come next month, we will find out where he will do just that.