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5 Reasons Why Johnny Manziel is the Best Quarterback in the 2014 NFL Draft

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5 Reasons Why Johnny Manziel is the Top Quarterback in 2014 NFL Draft

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Over the past two years at Texas A&M, one player has shown the entire country playmaking that we've never seen before. This player, Johnny Manziel, is now off to the NFL, and like everyone else he has both doubters and supporters. The doubters point to Manziel's off-field incidents and cite a lack of maturity while his supporters look at what he has done on the field and let that do the talking.

Personally, I am part of the latter. In my opinion, Manziel is a playmaking monster just waiting to be released into the NFL world. Forget about the off-the-field questions; when Manziel steps on the field anything is possible. It's this special ability that makes Manziel what I believe to be the best quarterback in the 2014 NFL Draft.

As each day passes, it becomes increasingly likely that the Houston Texans are going to select a quarterback with the No. 1 overall pick. While they have been linked frequently to Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, it's actually Manziel that the team should be looking at. He's more exciting than Bridgewater will ever be, and there's absolutely no telling just how high Manziel's ceiling really is.

I'm not going to pretend that Manziel is a perfect prospect. The fact of the matter is that Manziel has his flaws. Size concerns and maturity questions are just a few things that will cause teams to hesitate when evaluating Manziel. However, despite these flaws, the fact is Manziel is still easily the top quarterback in this year's draft class. So no, he's not perfect, but Manziel is by far the top quarterback available in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Chris Ross is an NFL Draft writer at You can follow him on Twitter, @prosport_news, "like" him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google.

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5. Playmaking Ability

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As I've already covered, Manziel is an absolute stud as far as a natural ability to make plays is concerned. He routinely makes something out of nothing, and whenever the Aggies needed a big play, Manziel proved to be the one capable of making the play.

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4. Big Game Experience

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Johnny Manziel, despite only playing two seasons in college, played in a number of big games -- such as when the Aggies took on mighty Nick Saban and Alabama. Manziel ended up with five passing touchdowns in that game, and despite the loss, it showed that Manziel isn't going to fall apart against better competition in the NFL. One bad game against LSU notwithstanding, Manziel has proven time and time again he is ready for the big time by playing well in big games.

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3. Adaptability

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Manziel's ability to adapt to whatever is going on around him is one of the most breathtaking things to watch in all of football. It doesn't matter how many defenders there are; it seems somehow Manziel always finds a way to adapt to the flow of a game.

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2. Confidence

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You may or may not be a fan of Manziel. Regardless of your stance on the guy there's simply no doubting that he just oozes confidence. And for anyone who knows the quarterback position, confidence is absolutely essential for a quarterback to be successful in the NFL. Manziel certainly is looking very good as far as confidence is concerned.

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1. Potential

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This is where Manziel really separates himself from the rest of this year's quarterbacking crop. Unlike Bridgewater who is more of a what you see is what you get kind of player, Manziel is loaded with untapped potential. That's right; Manziel is already the best quarterbacking prospect in the draft, and he isn't even scratching the surface of his potential. It's not going to be an overnight process, but Manziel has one of the highest ceilings to grow in the entire draft class.