Johnny Manziel over the past 2 seasons has thrown for over 7,000 yards and 63 touchdowns while also rushing for 30 touchdowns. On top of that he has come in clutch when the Aggies needed him and he has a Heisman Trophy to show for it. So why have analysts such as Todd McShay said that he shouldn’t in the top 5?
Is it because he’s too small? He’s listed as 6 foot 1 but is probably closer to 5’11”. But should his height really matter? Drew Brees is only 6 feet tall and he is arguably one of the best quarterbacks in the league. Russell Wilson is 5’11” and he just won a super bowl.
Is it his decision making? No, because Manziel only threw 13 interceptions last season and had a completion percentage of almost 70%. That’s a higher percentage than Blake Bortles out of UCF and close to what Andrew Luck and RGIII threw for in their senior seasons.
Is it his cockiness? This is the only thing that I can’t use numbers to back up, but in every interview I have seen from his teammates they see him as a leader and someone who steps up in the locker room. You can see him as a young Deion Sanders coming out of college, cocky but he could back up his mouth on the field.
So why should teams draft Johnny Manziel?
First of all he has a great arm. Through watching him play throughout college and watching his pro day I saw a very composed player who got the ball where it needed to be. Whether it was a deep pass off of play action or a quick slant, he did what you want a quarterback to do. Also throwing for over 7,000 yards in 2 seasons doesn’t hurt.
He is also one of the best at extending plays. Multiple times throughout college he has been able to find his way through defenders in the backfield and then find a receiver down field. He is one of the few quarterbacks where if the pocket collapses the play continues. He is agile enough to escape defenders and smart enough to be able to find open receivers down the field late in plays.
Finally, his leadership ability is unmatched. He was the heart and soul of that Texas A&M football team. He stepped up in the big games, like when he helped lead them to an upset win over Alabama his freshman year. His teammates looked up to him and he would produce and keep the team together.
No, I am not saying that Johnny Manziel is going to be the best player that ever played, but he will be franchise quarterback for years to come.