Johnny Football was a star at Texas A&M. The former Heisman winner shined in all phases of the game as The Aggies QB. This year, statistically Manziel’s numbers were parallel to his 2012 Heisman Trophy winning season. There’s no question the man was a college stud but does that translate to the NFL? Tim Tebow would say no.
Traditionally, Manziel isn’t the prototypical pocket passer. He’s a Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepernick highbred type player. Wilson and Kaepenick have both experienced great success in their early NFL careers but is Manziel in the same class?
The answer right now is no. He may be as mobile and athletic as Wilson and Kaepernick but whether or not he can hang in the pocket and deliver strikes will be the question most scouts will be asking. Unfortunately for Manziel, it’s a question that can’t be answered until he finally steps on an NFL field.
When asking the question whether or not the Houston Texans should take Johnny Manziel as the #1 pick in the draft is an incredibly hard one to answer. If you want to put asses in seats, it’s a no brainer. The hometown kid would bring a level of excitement the Texans desperately need. It would sell tickets, merchandise and help with future TV deals. Financially, it’s the right move.
Whether or not it’s the right move in order to win is a different question entirely. Owner Bob McNair hasn’t been shy about his interest in defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, calling him “remarkable.” However, a defensive end isn’t a franchise changing type of player. Clowney is the safe choice that wouldn’t raise too many eyebrows. But the Texans need to sell tickets. A cure only winning and Manziiel can answer.
Johnny Manziel may not be the answer to all the Texans’ questions, but he’d be a good start. Not only would he be a dynamic QB in a league that has so few, he could develop into the QB of the future the Texans so desperately need.