2014 NFL Draft: Top 5 Landing Spots for Johnny Manziel
5 Teams That May Take Johnny Manziel in the 2014 NFL Draft
Wednesday, the NFL Draft pool officially welcomed another top prospect. Texas A&M quarterback and college icon Johnny Manziel set it in stone that he will forgo his junior season with the Aggies and enter the draft.
While Manziel has had quite the career in college, it hasn’t all been a positive feel from him. He has been the object of much criticism by the media for, well, being a college kid you could say. Being spotted at plenty of parties, doing tons of things that college kids do, Manziel has been under scrutiny for simply being a kid.
However, he’s taken that mantra of just being a kid and shown it on the field at times, taunting opposing teams and crowds. One of the more infamous acts was when Manziel pretended to sign an autograph and made money gestures to the crowd in his first game back. Manziel was suspended one half for allegedly accepting cash for autographs.
Through all the negative, though, Manziel had quite the historic two seasons as a college quarterback. Proving he can be a multi-dimensional weapon under center, Manziel is going to be someone a professional team can use in a variety of ways. But, where will he land in the draft?
Manziel’s draft stock is somewhat muddied at the moment. We aren’t quite sure exactly where he will land, but many believe it will be somewhere in the first round. How high will he go? Well, it may depend on what teams are willing to take a chance on him due to the dire need of a quarterback.
We do know this: There are a few teams out there who would benefit more in 2014 than they did last year by having Manziel in uniform. With that said, here are the top five teams who could use him immediately and may take a chance on drafting the former Heisman Trophy winner.
5. Tennessee Titans, 11th Overall Pick
The Tennessee Titans have already been rumored to be moving on from Jake Locker this offseason. Whether or not that comes to pass after the firing of Mike Munchak and now the search for a new head coach is another story. But, the Titans may end up completely rebuilding, and a guy like Manziel would be tough to pass up at number 11.
4. Cleveland Browns, 4th Overall Pick
The Cleveland Browns are in need of a quarterback, and selecting a guy like Manziel to pair up with one of the breakout stars of the NFL like Josh Gordon would be awfully tempting. Manziel and Gordon could be a fun duo to watch for years to come.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars, 3rd Overall Pick
Let’s be honest. The Jacksonville Jaguars need a lot of positions filled right now, but most of all a quarterback. Chad Henne and Blaine Gabbert just haven’t been cutting it and Manziel could fill that role a lot better than those two have done recently.
2. Houston Texans, 1st Overall Pick
Why not stay in Texas? The Houston Texans have the number one overall pick, but may end up dealing it to stockpile picks. It’s not certain where in the draft Manziel will fall just yet, so regardless of whether or not the Texans keep the first overall pick, Manziel may wind up a Texan. He would immediately improve an offense that already has guys like Arian Foster, DeAndre Hopkins and of course Andre Johnson.
1. Minnesota Vikings, 8th Overall Pick
The Minnesota Vikings would be an attractive place for Manziel to play. With one of the best backs there is in Adrian Peterson and playmakers like Cordarrelle Patterson and Greg Jennings, Manziel would have weapons to work with right away. The Vikings are without a doubt moving on from Christian Ponder and Josh Freeman, so Manziel would be an intriguing option for them.