2014 NFL Draft
Name: Johnny Manziel
School: Texas A&M
Positives: Johnny Manziel has an insatiable appetite to win. He has a fire burning inside of him to succeed. He helped to elevate the Texas A&M football program. Yes, head coach Kevin Sumlin had a lot to do with that as well. But A&M was a mediocre program when Ryan Tannehill was taking the snaps a mere season before Manziel did. That should tell you something.
Manziel has the ability to make something out of nothing like very few quarterbacks can. He can make plays with his legs by buying time in the pocket, and also running the football. He has a never say die attitude that rubs off onto his teammates. Not to mention he has good accuracy, and adequate arm strength.
Negatives: Manziel is a celebrity quarterback. He loves the spotlight, and that kind of attention could become a distraction to his team. Although Manziel matured some over the course of last season, it’s possible that when the money starts rolling in he may regress to his hard partying ways.
He has a slight build that may not be able to hold under the pounding of a full NFL season. He will have to become comfortable operating from under center, after spending most of his college career in the shotgun. And Manziel’s cocky attitude might rub some veterans on his new team the wrong way.
Impact on the team that drafts him: Johnny Manziel will bring instant star power to whatever team that drafts him. That team will become headline news and relevant in ways they would not have been without Manziel. He will not be intimidated by the pressures being a rookie quarterback.
He seems to crave that pressure. That doesn’t mean that he’ll be successful, it just means that he won’t be crushed under the weight of high expectations.
Where Manziel will be picked: I think the Cleveland Browns will draft Manziel. They’ve been pretending they’re more interested in others quarterbacks. But the let’s face it, the Browns have had only one winning season in their last ten. So this is a team that needs take a chance.
And yes draft Manziel is a risk, but what more could the Browns possibly have to lose by picking Manziel? Also, if the Houston Texans trade out of the number one spot, Manziel comes into play for them as well.
Teams interested: Cleveland Browns, Oakland Raiders, Minnesota Vikings, Houston Texans
2014 NFL Draft