Without a doubt, one of the biggest names in college football this season was none other than Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel. Manziel may have had some off the field issues, but he is currently one of several players rumored to be the number one overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Manziel had two impressive seasons with the Aggies. He racked up 7,820 yards, 63 touchdowns and 22 interceptions. Manziel rushed for 30 touchdowns, 21 of those coming in the 2012 season. Manziel had over 1,000 yards rushing during the 2012 season and won the Heisman Trophy as a freshman.
Johnny Manziel Combine Results
4o yard dash – 4.68 seconds*
Vertical jump – 31.5 inch*
Broad jump – 113.0 inch*
3-cone drill – 6.75 seconds*
20-yard shuttle – 4.03 seconds*
* = Combine top performer
(Courtesy of NFL.com)
Manziel had impressive results at the combine, but he is still ranked behind Teddy Bridgewater and Blake Bortles as far as quarterbacks go for the draft. NFL.com says that Manziel is “undisciplined- plays his own offense and presses to make plays”, which is not necessarily the best type of quarterback for a team to draft.
Manziel is rated as the third best quarterback and the eighth best overall player in this year’s draft (CBSSports). The majority of mock drafts floating around have Manziel being a top ten pick. FanSided released a mock draft recently and has Manziel going to the Minnesota Vikings with the eighth overall pick. Several others have linked Manziel to the Cleveland Browns, and CBSSports thinks that he would be a good fit for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Kansas City Chiefs hold the 23rd overall pick in this year’s draft. With that said, it’s highly unlikely that Manziel will be coming to Kansas City this offseason. If he somehow slid to pick 23, it would be tough to pass on drafting Manziel. He could bring a lot of excitement to Arrowhead Stadium and has the potential to be a great quarterback in the NFL.
Here is NFL.com’s “Bottom Line” on Manziel:
“Rare competitiveness and third-down efficiency could carry him a long way, yet he will be challenged to avoid a Ryan Leaf-like, crash-and-burn scenario if he does not settle down and mature. A high-risk, high-reward pick, Manziel stands to benefit from entering the NFL at a time when moving pockets are trending.”
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