2014 NFL Draft: Johnny Manziel’s Attitude Could Do More Harm Than Good

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Years ago, Peyton Manning told Indianapolis Colts management that they would regret it if he was not their No. 1 draft choice. Then general manager Bill Polian, of course, took Manning’s word for it, which we all know turned out to be wise. Back in 1998, basically every expert knew this represented their best option, despite some conversation that it should be future all-time bust Ryan Leaf.

Sixteen years later, another highly-touted collegiate signal caller is spinning similar rhetoric. Texas native Johnny Manziel recently stated desire to be drafted first overall by his home state Houston Texans. A colorful interview included, “I’d be in the same division playing against them twice a year. Sorry, but you just turned that chip on my shoulder from a Frito into a Dorito.” This segment comes from a scenario where Houston’s AFC South rival, the Jacksonville Jaguars, select Manziel third overall.

The 2012 Heisman Trophy winner appears to have no issues when it comes to confidence. Comparing him to Manning because of a similar guarantee shows differences in style. Indy’s former franchise QB at the time offered your ideal pocket passer. At 6-foot-5, he could pick any defense apart given adequate protection. It is Manziel’s game, however, to run around back there both extending plays and breaking off big gains on deliberate run plays. Standing at least four inches shorter, questions about ability strictly as a passer persist. Robert Griffin III has demonstrated why scrambles should be approached with caution. While duel threats are great on paper, durability often lacks over time.

Coupled with fears over his personality, Manziel may want to keep more of a low profile these next few months. Personally, once again I feel he would do best with the Cleveland Browns, as being the No. 1 pick along with local hero may provide too much pressure.

Nick Mamary is a New York Jets writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @NickMamary1, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.


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