It’s been rumored for a while now that Johnny Manziel would leave Texas A&M and declare himself eligible for the 2014 NFL Draft. Well, after making it official today, the over-hyping of Manziel’s draft stock will begin.
It’s been said by NFL Draft experts Mel Kiper and Todd McShay that Manziel could very well be a top-10 pick in this year’s NFL Draft. Due to so many teams in need of the next big thing at the quarterback position, I can see Johnny getting drafted extremely early this year. However, is Manziel a slam-dunk pick? Absolutely not, so why take a risk on him with such a high pick?
Johnny had one heck of a freshman season at Texas A&M and walked away with a Heisman Trophy for his troubles. I’m not here to debate how well he performed in college because I would be fighting a losing battle. My issue is that everyone thinks Manziel should be going in the top-10 of the NFL Draft when in actuality he really isn’t that good.
I’ve seen plenty of film and ESPN highlights where Manziel makes college players look silly with his legs and then proceeds to scramble for a bunch of yards or he breaks a sack and throws a deep completion for a first-down. Let’s face it; that’s all well and good in college, but it’s not going to work when Manziel finally reaches the NFL.
Is Johnny honestly going to break the grip of the likes of DeMarcus Ware, J.J. Watt or Ndamukong Suh and proceed to throw a deep ball that won’t get intercepted by the likes or Richard Sherman or Darrelle Revis? If Manziel scrambles and gets past the line of scrimmage, is he going to actually be able to take hits from the likes of Patrick Willis or Luke Kuechly?
Manziel’s style isn’t guaranteed to work once he makes the NFL. Johnny has ability but not top-10 ability. Any team that drafts him in the top-10 is wasting a pick and they will regret it in the long run.
Unfortunately, over-hyping happens every year before the NFL Draft and that will never change. Manziel will be a victim of the over-hype train, and in the end it may ruin his career even before it ever gets started.
Michael Pidgeon is a Los Angeles Dodgers writer for Rant Sports.com: “Like” him on Facebook, Follow him on Twitter @1AndOnlyPidgeon, add him to your network on Google or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org