After Clowney, who gets more scattered analysis than Johnny Manziel?
We can start with the usual Nolan Nawrocki “suspect intangibles” take over at NFL.com. Follow that up with Sports On Earth’s Russ Lande’s report (per NFL.com’s Chase Goodbread) that the Houston Texans were thinking about Manziel, but that Bill O’Brien wasn’t sold on his work ethic.
Of course, you again have dissenting opinions, such as ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith’s or former Aggie teammate and likely top-five pick Jake Matthews (per ESPN.com’s Tania Ganguli) who said:
"I don't consider him a me-first guy at all," Matthews said, after being asked about Manziel's reputation as such. "My whole experience with him and having him as a quarterback was nothing but good things. When he was on the field he was just a tremendous competitor, great leader and someone that I loved playing for. I was glad to have him as a quarterback."
For myself, I’ve heard enough through the grapevine that I am not worried, but I understand the concerns.
Along with the off-field stuff, there are worries he might not be big enough and durable enough to stretch the play as he did in college without serious injury. There’s also the concern that he has a tendency to just chuck the ball and hope for the best, and that he will ditch the pocket too early.
It’s his ability to stretch the play and make something out of nothing that will attract teams. A team with a solid offensive line, a good running game and some solid wide receivers would be a good fit for Manziel, as the run game will keep defenses on its toes, the receivers can function like Mike Evans did for Manziel and be a reliable option when he needs to throw the ball and a good offensive line would be able to keep him upright as he works the field.
Two of the better fits in the draft are the Minnesota Vikings and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, though I believe Manziel would also be a very good fit for the Cleveland Browns.
All three have good (or better) offensive lines. The Vikings and Buccaneers have elite running backs (assuming Doug Martin rebounds for Tampa) while the Browns have at least a very good back in Ben Tate. All three have at least one top-tier receiver, though the Browns and Bucs need more depth.
Altogether, Manziel would be a great fit with any of them.