Johnny Manziel’s talent is undeniable. Texas A&M lost to Alabama on Saturday thanks in part to Manziel’s crucial interception in the end zone, but he managed to throw for 464 yards and five touchdowns against the two-time defending national champions. He also added 98 yards rushing. Oh yeah, and he became the first freshman ever to win the Heisman Trophy last season.
Despite all the aforementioned accolades, scouts have expressed skepticism over Manziel’s prospects as an NFL pro. One scout said he expects Manziel to be a “marginal pro” because NFL teams will make him throw more and will not be as susceptible to scrambling. According to SI.com’s Peter King, several NFL teams would not consider drafting Manziel because of his red flags off the field.
Manziel, in his third year of eligibility at Texas A&M, could declare for the 2014 draft if he wants to come out, which seems likely. (He can also stay in and play the 2014 college season, and 2015 as well.) But Manziel, to many teams right now, would be undraftable because they’re scared of his mood swings and off-field questions. But it only takes one team out of 32 to fall for him. And some team will, unless he self-destructs between today and draft day.
Manziel considers himself to be part of Drake’s Topszn Regime. For those of you who don’t know what that is, you can read an extensive explanation of it that LB wrote here. Johnny Football soaks up every bit of the spotlight off the field and does things like flashing his stacks of cash in the casino and enjoying a round of golf with the Jonas Brothers. Imagine what he’ll be like when he doesn’t have to worry about improper benefits?
Manziel should be a lock for the first round of the NFL Draft because of his uncanny athletic ability. However, you can’t help but wonder how high his stock would be if he wasn’t so obsessed with being a celebrity.