Johnny Manziel, QB

School: Texas A&M  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Sophomore  |  Hometown: Kerrville, TX
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 207 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
721
Selected 1st Rnd
Atlanta Falcons
6th Pick Overall

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.68--- 31 1/29'5"4.036.75
Workout Results
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Mock Draft Expert Analysis

  • Cleveland Browns | #4
    Veteran Brian Hoyer is a serviceable quarterback but he, like virtually every other quarterback the Browns have trotted out since Bernie Kosar, lacks the star power to turn around this rudderless franchise. Do I have questions about Manziel's ability to hold up in the ultra-physical AFC North, especially at gusty and grassy FirstEnergy Stadium? Sure, but waiting to see which quarterback may fall to No. 26 (or lower) could mean more of the same for a long-suffering fan base.
  • Cleveland Browns | #4
    The Browns will give Brian Hoyer a shot, but is he the long-term option? No, Ray Farmer and his staff weren't at Manziel's pro day, but if you think that means they're not interested, you'd be wrong.
  • Oakland Raiders | #5
    He visited this week, and it makes too much sense. Matt Schaub isn't the answer.
  • Oakland Raiders | #5
    It is a risky pick with Schaub on the roster and the pressure to play Manziel right away. I wouldn't be surprised to see the Raiders move down instead of making this pick.
 

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Ranks among the more dynamic college football players in recent history. Remarkable maneuverability. Excellent agility and burst, as well as straight-line speed, but what makes Manziel so difficult to contain is his vision. Seems to possess eyes in the back of his head, showing incredible spatial awareness of those around him.

Actually more accurate on the move than he is standing flat-footed in the pocket and made significant improvement as a traditional pocket passer in 2013. Improved velocity and placement on intermediate and deep routes in his second season as the starter.

Highly competitive performer, who despite his hype as a party-goer, is respected for his work ethic and commitment to the team.

Despite ordinary size, possesses large hands that Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin has compared to another undersized quarterback - Drew Brees. "Having those big hands not only helps tote the ball in traffic, but he can basically go all through his motion and still pull the ball back," George Whitfield, a private quarterbacks coach who helps train Manziel, told CBSSports.com's Bruce Feldman in 2013. Whitfield also has worked with several elite NFL quarterbacks, including Ben Roethlisberger, Cam Newton and Andrew Luck. All three have size 14 shoes. The 6-foot Manziel wears 15s.

Proven production and ability to produce in big moments.

WEAKNESSES: Tendency to fall off his throws, even when standing flat-footed with no pressure. In falling away rather than stepping into his throws, passes lack consistency accuracy.

Willing to throw passes late and over the middle, and relies on his wideouts to make plays in jump-ball situations. Possesses enough arm strength to make every NFL throw but does not own a howitzer and projects best in a timing-based offense that utilizes rather than limits his creativity.

String of off-field issues brings maturity level and ability to handle the rigors of being the "face" of an NFL franchise into serious question.

COMPARES TO: Jeff Garcia, retired - Like the 6-1, 205-pound Garcia, Manziel does not possess ideal size but his unique maneuverability, vision, competitiveness and underrated arm talent could mimic the four-time Pro Bowler's success in the NFL.

Manziel, of course, will be entering the NFL with much more fanfare than Garcia, an undrafted free agent out of San Jose State who spent four years in the CFL before catching on with the San Francisco 49ers, but the hype that follows Johnny Football is one of the issues of concern for scouts. Further, Manziel is entering the NFL at a time when dual-threat quarterbacks are preferred rather than admonished for their creativity and playmaking abilities.

--Rob Rang (1/1/14)

Player Overview

Johnny Football's rise to stardom is worthy of a made-for-TV drama. He entered the 2012 season as a little-known backup who reportedly considered transferring in the wake of a potential suspension for an off-field brawl.

However, he avoided being suspended and won the quarterback job. From there, the rest isn't just history - Manziel RE-WROTE history. He went on to throw for 3,419 yards and 24 touchdowns while rushing for 1,181 more yards and 19 touchdowns - including six 1,00-yard rushing games in 2012.

The amazing season turned Manziel into the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy in history.

What followed was a seventh-month offseason in which Manziel's maturity was called into question often. His family still has significant wealth from a legacy in the oil industry, and Manziel was spotted everywhere from Pebble Beach to Cabo to choice seats at NBA playoff games.

More controversial, however, was Manziel's use of Twitter, several documented incidents involving alcohol and leaving the Manning Passing Academy early in the summer of 2013.

Manziel was again invited to the Heisman trophy ceremonies following the 2013 season, but was not considered a legitimate threat to repeat despite another stellar season because of the extremely high bar he set and the inability of Texas A&M to remain a Top 10 program.

Manziel capped his career with another signature performance, rallying the Aggies from a 38-17 halftime deficit to beat Duke, 52-28, in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on New Year's Eve. Manziel finished his two-year stint as a starter just seven yards shy of 10,000. (1/1/14)

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04/03/2014 - 2014 Pro Days: Johnny Manziel knocks it out of the park at pro day...Charting each of Manziel's passes, 57 of the 65 passes were spot-on accurate while five were slightly inaccurate (but still completed) and three were incomplete. Whitfield said Manziel stepped up and "knocked it out of the park." "I think it's different when you put your feet on the ground and come and watch him," said Whitfield on the importance of seeing Manziel at his pro day compared to the tape. "People watch him in games and he's made big throws. It's different when you have to come up on stage and the world is in here to watch it. And they say 'Let's see you do it.'" Overall there were 75 NFL scouts and evaluators in attendance, making up 30 of the 32 NFL teams.

Eight head coaches and eight general managers were present, including Texans general manager Rick Smith and head coach Bill O'Brien, who hold the rights to the No. 1 overall pick. Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles still seems to be the favorite to be the top pick if Houston stays put, but the in-state product Manziel will be considered. O'Brien spent a good amount of time talking with Manziel's family and will meet privately with the former Heisman Trophy winner and local product who has publicly dared the Texans to pass on him. If not Houston, Jacksonville (third overall pick) and Cleveland (fourth) are two other possibilities. Browns general manager Ray Farmer was not at Manziel's workout, but by no means does that make him less of a possibility for Cleveland. Does this elevate Manziel's draft stock? Doubtful. But it was a positive step for him as the draft process winds down. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

 

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