Aside from the propensity to use their legs and scramble for a few yards as well as the fact that they both played their college ball in the state of Texas, it’s really difficult to find a ton of similarities between Johnny Manziel and Robert Griffin III. With Manziel officially throwing his hat into the ring for the 2014 NFL Draft, however, that could all change rapidly over the next few months as it pertains to the St. Louis Rams.
Now there’s no way the Rams will get the haul they received for the No. 2 overall pick two years ago from any team no matter how quarterback desperate this time around, but there’s still a chance they could make a substantial haul by dangling the selection in front of multiple franchises looking for a signal-caller. It just so happens that several teams behind the Rams in the draft order – Jacksonville Jaguars at No. 3, Cleveland Browns at No. 4 and Oakland Raiders at No. 5 – could all use a solution under center. Add in the Minnesota Vikings at No. 8 desperate to find someone to help out Adrian Peterson, and there could be a bidding war for the Rams’ pick.
What will help the Rams to sell this pick even more over the coming weeks and months is if either Manziel of UCF’s Blake Bortles separate themselves behind the consensus top overall QB in Teddy Bridgewater. If Manziel can calm the immaturity fears that many have and quiet the critics of his size then it’s totally possible he vaults to the No. 2 pick come May. Bortles could easily make the move up draft boards as well with his prototypical size and monster year this past season, but the questions about his level of competition will have to be answered in order for that to take place.
There’s no way this quarterback class will have the acclaim entering the draft that Andrew Luck and RG3 had back in 2012, but it’s quite possible that the quality of signal-callers could be just as high. That, along with the constant desire of teams to turn their fortunes around, could drive the price for the Rams’ No. 2 overall selection to similar levels of two years ago.