Dec 31, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) reacts to the sideline against the Duke Blue Devils during the second quarter in the 2013 Chick-fil-a Bowl at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Short Video Analysis of Johnny Manziel Creates Questions


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?

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  • William Plaster

    I believe he will go the way of Tebow in the NFL. Tebow accumulated all the atention by his type play in college, yet failed to produce in the NFL. Manziel is for himself and feeds off the attention. When the negative attention surfaces in the NFL, I don’t believe he can handle it. I could be wrong, but there is just womething about all the hoopla surrounding Manziel that I don’t like. Browns, you can do better in this draft because of key positions to will. Use Hoyer if needed until a franchise QB you want is available.

    • Jarod Cook

      It’s hard to say how he’ll do in the NFL. You can’t really compare him to Tebow. Because Tebow at least had size, and Manziel has twice as good an arm as him. You can’t compare to Brees, cause he’s a traditional pocket QB. RG3 and Wilson try to stay in the pocket as much as possible, and will only run if need be.
      He’s the biggest Boom/Bust player of the whole draft, and I agree with you that the Browns should shy away from him in the 1st round. If he somehow falls to #35 and they still haven’t taking a QB(Unlikely), then I’d maybe be willing to take a chance on him.

      • Letterman007

        With the statements you made here, I must agree!! If you take him at #4 that could be your death nill!! Another high first round pick down the tubes!! This team can’t afford that, look at the last two drafts, T Rich and Weeden, then Mingo, who may work out but was really nothing special so far! That is how we got to where we are now, hit a first rounder then miss on a few! We were OK with Thomas and Mack, but they can’t carry the offense by themselves and the mistakes in the draft have to stop!! Manziel at #26 or at #35 might be worth it but holy cow, not at #4!!!