2014 NFL Draft: Jacksonville Jaguars Must Select Johnny Manziel To Revitalize Organization
Manziel is going for be the first QB off the board. The simple fact is that Teddy Bridgewater and Blake Bortles are not exciting playmakers like Johnny Football, and it was only a matter of time before the former standout for Texas A&M was considered to be the first QB selected in the draft.
While facing some very stiff competition, Manziel has proved that he is NFL-ready with his 2013 season total of 4,114 passing yards, 37 touchdown passes, 13 interceptions, 759 rushing yards and nine rushing touchdowns.
The Jaguars were on the verge of a winless season as the team lost the first eight games of 2013, but Jacksonville showed some signs of life with four wins in the final eight games of the year. Jacksonville needs to improve significantly on offense and defense, as the offense ranked 22nd in passing yards and 31st in rushing yards, while the defense ranked 26th in passing yards allowed and 29th in rushing yards allowed.
The team has a slew of young and talented offensive weapons in Ace Sanders and Cecil Shorts, and if Justin Blackmon can make his way back onto the field, Manziel would have several key weapons to target in his rookie year.
Aside from helping the offense transform into a real threat, Manziel would actually be able to put life back into the Jaguars and give the Jacksonville fans a reason to attend the games. Even if he falters, fans won’t blame the organization for making a bold move to make the Jaguars relevant in the NFL. With so many terrible seasons, how is Manziel even a risk for this team?
From tourist dollars to incredible merchandising opportunities, Johnny Football would bring a resurgence to the organization. The stadium is also currently receiving massive upgrades to create some very unique experiences, so the future for Jacksonville could be very bright.
Even if he struggles, stadium seats would constantly be sold out. The fans need something positive to root for, and the fans deserve to find out if Manziel can help the Jaguars become a powerhouse in the AFC South. Not only would he add a dynamic presence on the field, but Johnny Football would help Jacksonville fans quickly forget that the last several seasons ever happened.