Armchair Scouting Reports: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M

Johnny Manziel is one of the most polarizing prospects in the 2014 NFL draft

Johnny Manziel is one of the most polarizing prospects in the 2014 NFL draft

Strengths:

  • Athleticism
  • Speed: 4.68 40 yard dash
  • Playmaker
  • Leader
  • Gamer
  • Improviser
  • Poise
  • Clutch
  • Accurate deep ball passer
  • Makes plays on the run
  • Keeps eyes up, looks to pass first
  • Big hands
  • Good vision as a ball carrier
  • Adequate arm for most NFL throws
  • Excellent timing and accuracy on short throws
  • Puts pressure on a defense as a dual threat

Weaknesses

  • Size: 5’11”, 207 pounds
  • Exposes his body to too many hits
  • Fades backwards on throws at times
  • Throws across the field at times
  • Runs backwards trying to escape the pocket occasionally
  • Footwork
  • Takes unnecessary risks on 3rd down and in the red zone
  • Indecisive at times
  • Off field distractions in college

Player Comparison:  Doug Flutie

Summary

Johnny Manziel may be the most polarizing draft prospect in 2014 and opinions range on him greatly. He possesses all of the intangibles you look for in an NFL quarterback: toughness, leadership, poise, etc. Manziel is an accurate deep ball passer both from the pocket and on the run. He can improvise when the play breaks down, much like Doug Flutie and Brett Favre, with the same varying results. There are times where Manziel is unwilling to give up on a play, resulting in a turnover. His footwork in the pocket needs work, and due to his height, he will probably need to be moved around a lot to find throwing lanes. Manziel puts constant pressure on the defense, which must always account for him as a runner. In the open field, he has above average straight line speed and will gain chunk yardage with his legs if unaccounted for. He is not in the mold of a Michael Vick, who looked to run first rather than use his arm to beat defenses. Rather, Manziel looks to pass first, and uses his legs when the play breaks down. Overall, Manziel reminds me the most of Flutie, whose height and style at the time of his career was too unique to be appreciated, despite his ability to win games. In the modern NFL, Manziel’s unique talents and ability to win at all costs should make him an effective quarterback from day one, with the potential to be great if he can limit turnovers and stay out of trouble off the field.

-Anthony Amico (follow @amicsta and @jamsportz)

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2 Responses to Armchair Scouting Reports: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M

  1. Adam E. says:

    I hope he lands on the Browns…. fantasyyyyyy $$$$$

  2. Pingback: 2014 Draft Preview- Offense | jamsportz

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