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Warren Moon compares Johnny Manziel to Tim Tebow

Johnny ManzielJohnny Manziel and Tim Tebow both won the Heisman Trophy in college. They also both played in the daunting SEC Conference. And there was that time Manziel wore Tebow’s New York Jets jersey to a party. Other than that, they have very little in common. Don’t tell that to Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon.

Moon told The Loop on KILT-AM in Houston Wednesday morning that he would not be surprised if Manziel ends up with an NFL career that is similar to the one Tebow had.

“As a college quarterback, he was one of the greatest to ever play, but so was Tim Tebow,” Moon said, according to CBS Houston. “He had a tough time making that transition because he was that same style of quarterback.”

Like NFL.com’s Mike Huguenin, I completely disagree that Manziel and Tebow are the same style quarterback. Tebow used his 240-pound body to pick up crucial first downs in short yardage situations and turn 1st-and-goals into automatic touchdowns. Manziel eludes defenders with his quickness and is a far more capable passer than Tebow ever was.

“You’re talking about taking a guy number one overall in the draft and he’s 5’11,” Moon added. “He didn’t really run that fast at the combine, only about a 4.6 which was closer to a 4.7, so you are talking about a small guy that’s not very fast in an NFL that’s big strong and fast. He likes to run around and make plays and he was able to do that in college. I just don’t know how well that’s going to transition into the National Football League.”

Moon has a point there. A lot of the defenders at the NFL level have speed that is similar to that which Jadeveon Clowney displayed at the NFL Combine. Manziel may not have the same luck getting away from NFL linebackers and defensive ends like he did in college, so that could be an issue.

The difference is Manziel can throw. Tebow’s throwing mechanics are horrible, and that is what ultimately led to an unsuccessful NFL career. If Manziel fails, it will likely be for different reasons.

Browns claim they didn’t interview Johnny Manziel at NFL Combine

Johnny ManzielCleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine revealed on Monday that the team chose not to interview Johnny Manziel at the NFL Combine last week. Either Pettine is lying, or the Browns are going to great lengths to pretend they have no interest in Manziel.

Teams are allowed 60 interviews at the Combine during which they can speak to players for 15 minutes. The Browns have the fourth overall pick and are obviously in need of a quarterback, so you would think they would have interviewed the top four quarterbacks on their draft board at the very least. Is Manziel not one of the four?

“We didn’t speak to him at the Combine,” Pettine said, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Northeast Ohio Media Group. “I didn’t personally. He was not part of the formal interviews.”

Many experts believe that Manziel will be taken by either the Houston Texans or Jacksonville Jaguars, who both pick ahead of Cleveland. The Browns, who also hold the No. 26 pick in the first round of the draft, could opt to take a player like wide receiver Sammy Watkins at No. 4 and wait to draft a quarterback like Derek Carr later.

Pettine stressed that the team will have plenty of information on all of its targets before May 8.

“As we evaluate those positions, we’ll make sure that whatever access or interaction we need with that player, we’ll get that done,” he said.

We already know of one team that may favor Carr over Manziel, so I guess it is not impossible. Still, it seems like a smokescreen. The Browns may want other teams to think they didn’t interview Manziel in order to help the former Texas A&M star slip to them at No. 4. Time will tell.

Barry Switzer: Johnny Manziel is an ‘arrogant little prick’ with ‘staggering’ ability

Johnny ManzielLegendary Oklahoma Sooners coach Barry Switzer has never been shy when sharing his opinion on Johnny Manziel or anything else related to football. The three-time national champion coach loves Manziel’s game, but he hates his attitude. He reiterated that during an appearance on CBS Sports Radio’s “The Morning After” show in St. Louis on Wednesday.

“I don’t like Johnny Manziel’s antics,” Switzer said, according to host Tim McKernan. “He’s an arrogant little prick.”

Back in September, Switzer said he wanted to jerk Manziel’s facemask after the way he dismissed Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin on the sidelines. But once he was done insulting Manziel for the way he carries himself, Switzer offered some of the highest praise of Johnny Football’s game that we have heard.

“I’ve never seen a college football quarterback do what he does,” he said. “It’s staggering … he’s the most dominant college football quarterback I’ve seen in a long time.I ‘ve compared Manziel to Michael Jordan and Oscar Robertson. He takes over a game like those guys did.”

Having won three championships at the college level and a Super Bowl with the Dallas Cowboys, Switzer has certainly earned the right to share his opinion. While Ron Jaworski does not think any team should draft Manziel within the first three rounds, Switzer said the Rams would be silly to pass on him at No. 2 overall.

In some cases, arrogance can work in a player’s favor. As long as Manziel continues to show that he is more focused on improving his game living it up, he’s a risk worth taking for several NFL teams.

H/T SI Wire

Ron Jaworski: I wouldn’t take Johnny Manziel in first three rounds

Johnny ManzielJohnny Manziel has risen to the top of many draft charts over the last year or two. Last month, ESPN’s Mel Kiper moved the former Texas A&M star to first overall on his draft board. While there will always be questions about Manziel’s arrogance and maturity level, many experts believe he is worth the gamble. Ron Jaworski is not one of them.

During an interview with 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia on Tuesday, Jaworski was asked about the prospect of the Eagles — who met with Manziel at the combine — drafting Johnny Football. Jaws doesn’t even think Manziel should go in the early rounds.

“I’m a big believer in Nick Foles, but who knows?” Jaworski said. “Manziel may fall. I’m not crazy about him, to be honest with you. I’ve only looked at five games. I wouldn’t take him in the first three rounds. That’s my opinion. It’s incomplete right now. But he has not done a whole lot to me.”

At this point, no one really knows where Manziel will be drafted. Several teams are in need of quarterback help, and those teams may consider Manziel anywhere from the best quarterback on the board to out of the top five.

Jaworski has always been critical of quarterbacks, but he is part of the minority with his opinion on Manziel. We’d be shocked if he isn’t taken in the first round.

H/T Pro Football Talk

Nolan Nawrocki on Johnny Manziel: ‘Carries a sense of entitlement and prima-donna arrogance’

Johnny ManzielJohnny Manziel was a star on the field in college at Texas A&M, but he has a lot of image problems to overcome as he prepares for the NFL. Many view the former Heisman Trophy winner as someone with a personality like Matt Leinart — another guy who loved the spotlight, partying and mixing with celebrities. NFL teams want players who play football because they love football and have a burning desire to be great at football, not guys who play football because it came make them famous. This point is especially important when they’re looking for franchise quarterbacks.

Nolan Nawrocki, who evaluated pro football prospects for Pro Football Weekly, gave a scouting evaluation of what he termed were the 10 most controversial players in the draft. Manziel was the first player written about on the list. Here’s what Nawrocki said:

Suspect intangibles — not a leader by example or known to inspire by his words. Carries a sense of entitlement and prima-donna arrogance seeking out the bright lights of Hollywood. Is known to party too much and is drawn to all the trappings of the game. … Has defied the odds and proven to be a great college-system quarterback, but still must prove he is willing to work to be great, adjust his hard-partying, Hollywood lifestyle and be able to inspire his teammates by more than his playmaking ability.

Other players on the list include Jadeveon Clowney and Manziel’s Aggies teammate, Mike Evans, so we suggest you read the whole thing.

Based on what we’ve seen of Manziel, it would be hard to disagree with this assessment of him, but the question is whether these concerns will be issues in the NFL. I don’t think they will be. I think Manziel will succeed in the NFL and that his biggest problems will be injuries because of his size (similar to what’s going on with Robert Griffin III).

What’s also notable is that many people have been outraged with Nawrocki for what they felt were overly harsh/borderline racist character assessments of players. Nawrocki savaged Cam Newton’s character in 2011 and Geno Smith’s last year. Nawrocki was also particularly harsh on Tim Tebow’s ability. I just think the guy is an equal opportunity basher who has a tendency to point out the extreme negative.

Johnny Manziel reportedly turns down trip to Super Bowl to work out instead

Johnny ManzielIs little Johnny Manziel growing up right before our very eyes? The old Johnny Football would not only be at the Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, he’d be sitting in a luxury box making us all wonder how he scored the tickets. Believe it or not, Manziel is not traveling to New York.

According to NFL.com senior analyst Gil Brandt, Manziel has passed on an opportunity to attend Super Bowl XLVIII so he can work out instead. Manziel and several other quarterback prospects are currently training in San Diego with well-known private quarterback coach George Whitfield Jr.

Not only that, but Manziel has also reportedly turned down money in order to focus on improving his skills in advance of the NFL Draft. That’s right, money like the kind we saw him flash in the casino roughly a year ago. NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport says Manziel has turned down “several lucrative marketing offers” in order to remain in San Diego.

Most of us would have expected to see Manziel in New York on Sunday with his best friend Drake. The former Texas A&M star’s draft stock has been rising steadily over the past year or so, and continuing to work out is certainly the right choice. Not only will it help him improve, it will also show NFL teams that Manziel is taking his career seriously.

Drake has an OVO Topszn Johnny Manziel shirt

Drake Johnny Manziel shirt

How tight is Johnny Manziel with Drake’s crew? Drake has created a special longsleeve shirt for the quarterback.

On Saturday, Draka shared a photo on his “Champagne Papi” Instagram account of him and four members of his crew wearing a longsleeve T-shirt with the No. 2 on it. That, of course, was Manziel’s number at Texas A&M.

The shirts look just like the jerseys Manziel wore at A&M. They have shadow lettering and stripes down the sides just like Johnny Football’s Aggies jersey. There is a maple leaf on the right shoulder (Drake is Canadian and embraces the maple leaf logo), and on the left shoulder, where the jersey would have an “SEC” logo, it says “SZN.” SZN is short for Topszn, which is a type of marijuana Drake’s crew likes and has become one of his crew’s sayings. You can read all about Johnny Manziel and Topszn here.

The back of the jersey says “The Regime,” which is another catch phrase for Drake’s crew. They always talk about Topszn being “The Regime.”

Johnny Manziel Drake regime

So if we all thought that Manziel was a Drake fanboy based on this story, I think this shirt is a pretty strong sign that the respect and relationship between them is more than mutual.

Photos Instagram/Champagne Papi 1, 2