With the 2014 NFL Draft just a few short weeks away, the buzz around Johnny Manziel continues to grow. As we’ve gotten closer to draft day, more and more people are starting to believe that he’ll be the only quarterback selected in the top 10 this year.
Given his strong pro day and massive popularity, it does seem unlikely that a top 10 team in need of a QB would pass on him.
One of the teams possibly in line to draft him is the Minnesota Vikings. They sit at No. 8 on the draft board and it certainly wouldn’t be a reach to grab Johnny Football there.
Brett Favre is of course a former Viking and a player that Manziel has been compared to at times this Spring. But now a very well respected football personality has drawn the same comparison — Jon Gruden.
Here’s what the former coach and current ESPN analyst had to say on Manziel playing like Favre:
“I’d love to have him as a coach. It takes courage to pull the ball down and reverse field and do some of the crazy things that Favre and Manziel do. There’s going to be consequences when sometimes it doesn’t work out. But it takes a tremendous amount of guts and courage to go make a play when there’s nothing there instead of throwing the ball away.”
Gruden also added that he has no doubt that Johnny Football will be a success in the NFL:
“If you get him with a quarterback coach or anybody that aspires to be a quarterback coach and spend the time teaching this kid NFL defenses and your system, I can’t imagine Johnny not being successful.”
I buy the Favre comparison. While Manziel is a bit smaller and surely wired a little bit differently, they are the same type of QB. Favre was never afraid to make a throw, no matter the situation, and the same can be said for Johnny Football. And when it comes to elusiveness, both guys can move around well in the pocket, with Manziel probably being slightly better in that department.
The main question on many minds right now, though — does he have the same will to compete like Favre did? Manziel says all the right things about being passionate about football, but Favre lived it for two decades. I’ll be shocked if Johnny Football lasts half that long in the NFL.