2014 NFL Draft: QB Johnny Manziel Has Chance For Success With St. Louis Rams
The St. Louis Rams are apparently entering the ring to try to land Johnny Manziel, and if he does become a Ram, Johnny Football could have a long and prosperous career in St. Louis.
The most highly accepted scenario for the Houston Texans‘ first pick in the 2014 NFL Draft is defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, but if an organization feels that Manziel will be a franchise quarterback, the young signal caller could become the top pick in the draft. The Jacksonville Jaguars, Cleveland Browns, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Minnesota Vikings also have early picks in the first round, so Manziel and fellow draft class prospect Blake Bortles could find themselves off the board very early.
The Rams are in the toughest division in all of football, the NFC West, but the organization is starting to build a team that will eventually be able to compete against the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers and the Arizona Cardinals. The defense is much improved from years past, and it proved formidable ranking ninth against the run in 2013. The Rams will need to work on stopping the aerial attack as the defense ranked 19th against the pass this past season, but several key draft picks could provide instant improvement.
The offense has showcased some fresh talent, and several playmakers should help the Rams improve on its seven-win season this past year. Running back Zac Stacy is a powerful bruiser that should really help to establish consistency in the rushing attack for St. Louis, and new addition Kenny Britt is a huge target for any quarterback at 6-foot-3, 233 pounds. Along with Stacy and Britt, the Rams hope the duo of tight end Jared Cook and wide receiver Tavon Austin can step up their games in 2014 and become premier players.
With several weapons at his disposal and a team that appears to be on the right track, Manziel could have a great career with the other young talent that the Rams are developing.