WORCESTER, MA -- We're less than 12 hours into the launch of this site and we're over 350 hits already - love it! But more importantly, it's creating feedback and that's what it's all about. I've received numerous comments about Johnny Manziel all morning long so it's only right that I explain why I have him dropping to pick #20.
Like I've told many people, I'm not that impressed with this year's QB class. When a team drafts a QB they're putting all their eggs in one basket and I think there are numerous red flags in this year's class. Although Manziel was a TREMENDOUS college QB, I don't feel he'll have the same success in the NFL. In his two-years at Texas A&M, Manziel rushed for 2,169 yds. Of those 2,169 yds, 1,410 of them came in 2012 when he had both Luke Joeckel (LT) and Jake Matthews (RT). Joeckel, as we know, would go to be drafted with the 2nd overall pick in last year's draft leaving Matthews to slide over to LT. Now fast-forward to tonight. Matthews has the potential to be drafted in the top 5, meaning Manziel would have been protected by two of best college LTs the past two-seasons.
What happens when he goes to the NFL? Aside from Cleveland, who has Joe Thomas, there's not many teams in the top 10 that have an elite LT who could protect Manziel based on his style of play. Half the reason why Manziel was so successful was because he had plenty of time to make plays happen because of his blockers, which puts emese amount of stress on defenders in coverage. His ability to make plays with his feet is what made Manziel who is was - very similar to Robert Griffin III. If it's third-and-four and Tom Brady is in a shotgun formation do you think many defensive backs are going to be worried about him running? Absolutely not. When you have someone like Griffin III, like Russell Wilson, like Colin Kaperinick, it forces defenders to play flat footed and could leave them frozen for just that split second to create separation for receivers down-field.
Whichever team drafts Manziel will have to cater to his needs and put a system in place where he can make plays on the run and have the blockers to do so. Unfortunately, I don't think this will be the case for Mazniel because if teams are able to take away his running ability he won't be the same QB. Similar to Tim Tebow, when you force him to stay in the pocket and pass he's not that same player. Now before people take my head off I'm not saying Manziel and Tebow are the same because Manziel clearly demonstrated the ability to throw the football more efficiently in college. My point is, what happens if Manziel needs to turn into a pocket passer? Will he still be as effective or even effective at all?
Arizona Cardinals' coach, Bruce Arians, stated that he doesn't need his quarterbacks scrambelling, which would make this pick even that much more of a surprise. However, there's always that one pick that no one sees coming, and if Manziel is still on the board at pick 20, the Cardinals will take advantage of it. Keep in mind that Carson Palmer is 36-years old so look for Arizona to draft a QB at some point this weekend.
Regardless, at some point, whether it's tonight or this weekend, one team will draft Manziel. The question is, who will it be?
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