The Cleveland Browns may pick a quarterback at #4, #26 or #35. They have been heavily rumored connected to Johnny Manziel since last season and continue to be so. In the past Joe Banner was said to be smitten. Now it is the owner Jimmy Haslam who wants to bring him in. Manziel is a unique player that cannot be evaluated like a normal QB. Possibly the closest comparison is Tim Tebow, the man who is now out of the league.
The Browns need a QB for the foreseeable future but is Manziel it. He is dynamic in play, creative on his feet and exciting with the ball in his hands. He would give the team an identity and bring excitement to the town. But so would winning. If the Browns draft Manziel it should be because he is the right player not for any off the field things. The following brings concerns to his play:
Concerns abound: “You can’t do this in the NFL!” “Just heave it up…” “Bad read 1…” “This is an interception in the NFL.” “… on Sunday’s its not gonna cut it.” “… he is trying to get out of Dodge, that is not what you want from your NFL quarterback.”
Good things: “Good read here… He sees the linebacker dropping into space.” “What a heck of an athletic throw.” “This guy is hitting top speeds of 20 plus. Setting up blocks down field. Special special athlete.”
In a 1 minute plus video all the concerns and many of the positives of Manziel are made known. He can’t do the things he did in college in the NFL. The time is not there. The space is not there. Yet he can do things few other QBs can with his improvisation skills.
Does this video impact your thoughts or reaffirm them? Did it focus too much on the negatives? Do you think he can develop with good coaching into a Top 10 level QB?