We are several months away from 2014’s NFL Draft. One high-profile collegiate athlete apparently has a preference of where he would like to play. While speaking to media members prior to the Heisman Trophy presentation, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel said “the New York Jets would be a neat team to play for.” Of course, this answer could just be a way to not anger the home crowd, but maybe there is more to it.
Manziel’s penchant for being in the spotlight could play well in New York. He went on to speak of his love for this city. Even though he has yet to declare, it may be worth evaluating some red flags for the redshirt sophomore.
Standing at 6-foot-1, Manziel is two inches shorter than current starter Geno Smith. The Big Apple’s night life could present some issues for him. Him just going to a college party wearing a Tim Tebow jersey created such a stir, so what would it be like for him to always be in the spotlight?
His gunslinger mentality looks similar to that of Brett Favre. Arm strength and accuracy are there when Manziel looks to throw. Smith has struggled to consistently find rhythm. If the Jets wish to end this experiment, then they might call on Johnny Football. Whether he would succeed better with these targets is a good question. I am still not sure if Gang Green will look elsewhere or how Manziel’s skills will translate to the next level, but this would be an interesting scenario.
The Jets would likely have to trade up, but it would create a lot of excitement.