By Andrew Fisher @AndrewFisherRS on March 28, 2014
Even though they seem to be completely different people off the field, Johnny Manziel and Tim Tebow actually have a lot in common. They were both college stars who won the Heisman trophy. On top of that, both guys carry a lot of media baggage with them (obviously for very different reasons).
But here are five reasons why Manziel will have a much longer NFL career than Mr. Tebow did:
After a great Pro Day, there's no doubt Manziel deserves to be a top 10 pick in this year's draft. Even if he goes No. 1, it will be hard to say that a team reached for him. When the Broncos took Tebow at No. 25 overall, nearly everyone agreed that it was a reach. So right from the start, the already controversial Tebow became even more so with his first round status. 'Controversial' is not a good label for a first-rounder.
The Broncos had to completely change their offense to fit Tebow's skill set. He just wasn't capable of running a traditional NFL offense. That won't be the case with Manziel. He'll be able to play under center, out of the gun and make plays with his legs whenever the time is right.
Tebow wears his religious beliefs on his sleeves. Like it or not, that's off-putting to many people. Manziel is known as a party animal, but that type of reputation just doesn't get people talking like religion does. It seems bass ackwards, but it's reality.
Both QBs can make plays with their legs, but I don't think there's much debate about who's more elusive. Manziel is smaller and more nimble, while Tebow was basically a fullback disguised as a QB.
Above all else, throwing mechanics will separate Manziel from Tebow. Both are natural playmakers and gamers, but it's undeniable that Johnny Football has a better throwing motion. He still has work to do, but he's light years ahead of where Tebow was when he entered the NFL.
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