Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel is one of the draft's most polarizing prospects. He brings the talent and the excitement level to energize a franchise, though his unorthodox style of play does carry concerns.
Manziel is a playmaker and a winner. While he has drawn attention for his scrambling (2,169 yards rushing over the past two seasons) and ability to create plays on the fly, Manziel is a vastly underrated passer.
He possesses above-average arm strength and accuracy. He completed 69.9 percent of his passes last season and 68 percent as a freshman in 2012. His passer ratings in 2012 and 2013 were 155.3 and 172.9, respectively.
NFL analyst Jon Gruden recently compared Manziel to former greats like Steve Young and Brett Favre for his ability to create and improvise on the field.
Dynamic both on and off the field, Manziel seems custom-made to become the face of a franchise. He may be especially popular in Houston, which is about an hour-and-a-half away from College Station.
While Manziel's ability to scramble is an asset, it might also be a liability at the pro level. He will likely have to find a way to alter his game and run less in the NFL, especially due to his size.
Manziel lacks the ideal measurables for an NFL quarterback. While his height might not necessarily be a limiting factor (listed at just over 6'0"), his slight frame may. At just 207 pounds, he doesn't appear built to withstand repeated hits from NFL defenders.
Manziel told the Houston Chronicle that he thinks Russell Wilson has paved the way for shorter quarterbacks. "I think he's kicked the door wide open," Manziel said. "You're seeing more guys being successful avoiding that first wave of pressure—get out and do things outside the pocket."
However, if Manziel cannot be a disciplined player inside the pocket, he could become a very real injury risk in the NFL.