By Tyler Fenwick @Ty_Fenwick on May 10, 2014
Traditionally speaking, the NFL isn't accustomed to mobile quarterbacks who love to get outside the pocket and create for themselves. But there are a few athletes who have slipped through the cracks and made a nice career out of doing just that. And with Johnny Manziel recently getting drafted to the Cleveland Browns, let's look at the top five former NFL quarterbacks comparable to Mr. Johnny Football.
What many people don't realize about Manziel is how efficient he was through the air during two years at Texas A&M. Steve Young was one of the most efficient mobile quarterbacks of all time, completing 70.3 percent of his passes in 1994.
Roger Staubach spent all 11 of his NFL years with the Dallas Cowboys. Turnovers were something of an issue during his career, though, and I'm expecting Manziel's erratic style of play to come back and bite him occasionally, potentially creating the same issue.
Unlike Staubach, Doug Flutie did a lot of bouncing around during his career. He didn't display a very consistent arm most seasons and proved to be difficult to build around. Nonetheless, his ability (and love) to scramble led to some impressive seasons on the ground, including 479 yards in 1999 with the Buffalo Bills.
Donovan McNabb is the most modern name on this list. His career completion percentage of 59 percent is right around what I'd be expecting for Manziel at this level. McNabb's season-high in rushing yards of 629 is probably going to end up being a better season for Manziel. I have a feeling his career average will sit right around there.
Randall Cunningham rushed for an astonishing 4,923 yards during his career, which included a 942-yard performance in the 1990 season. Cunningham also had a knack for finding the end zone. In his three-year stint with Minnesota, he put the ball in the end zone 6.7 percent of the time he threw the ball.
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