As many of you know from our conversations on Twitter, I actually don’t want to see the Cowboys take a quarterback for the sake of taking a quarterback, but Manziel was just too good of a player to pass up at 16.
In my opinion, Johnny Football is one of the most exciting and electric players in the Draft. In fact, there are about five guys that I absolutely wouldn’t pass up at 16, and Manziel is one of them.
Manziel is one of the most fluid athletes I’ve seen in a long time. He has incredible quickness and acceleration, and uses his mobility to extend plays when everything breaks down. In watching his tape, I came away convinced that he does a better job in reading defenses than he is given credit for.
On throws in the 11-20 yard range, Manziel has the highest completion percentage of the top quarterbacks in this class at 70.51 percent. While many will say that Manziel had a security blanket in wide receiver Mike Evans, to whom Manziel would simply lob passes to, while scrambling around, his accuracy while throwing strictly from the pocket in that 11-20 yard range wasn’t that much different at 67 percent.
I truly think that Manziel has the tools to be successful at the next level, but his mechanics will have to be tweaked. Aside from his mechanics, the only other true concern that I have regarding Manziel is his off-the-field persona. In a perfect world, I’d let Manziel sit a couple of years before giving him the opportunity to start.
I also think that this pick makes sense here because the Cowboys have a lot of uncertainty at the quarterback position entering the 2014 NFL Season. For starters, quarterback Tony Romo isn’t getting any younger, and is coming off of a season-ending back injury that required corrective surgery, backup quarterback Kyle Orton is contemplating retirement, and has yet to show up to the Cowboys’ voluntary workouts, and I doubt that anyone wants to see Brandon Weeden or Caleb Haine play if Romo goes down again.