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He is already classified as a Junior in the Mays Business school. He will have his degree in three more semesters.
he would have nothing more to prove at this level if he achieves that. The best he could do in 2014 (and 15), would be to repeat those accomplishments. Of course, 3-4 heisman trophies and 1-3 championship trophies would cement him as the GOAT of college football, but I doubt he stays for that.
I hope he tears up the NFL after we get a national championship. What NFL team would pick him up? Cowboys, Jets, Vikings??
If Manziel comes out next year he should go late 1st or early 2nd. No GM or Owner will spend a top 10 pick on a 5-10/5-11 QB with average arm strength.
I'm not too concerned when he gets picked. I just want to see him do well in the league.
Yeah he's no David Ash for sure
If he had Ash size he would probably be a surefire #1 Overall Pick. Depending on Ash how much Ash improves theirs a good chance he'll go 2nd round when he graduates. Btw im not hating on Manziel we chose not to offer him like idiots and now we're suffering from it.
So what if he doesn't make it the championship next year, then what do you think he would do? This team should really be poised the following year. Would he walk away from a team that should be really set for a run, or has the NFL swung enough to his style of play where he just wouldn't be able to resist?
Damn shame height is so important in the NFL. I'm sure Drew Brees would have won the Super Bowl 10 times now if he were a couple inches taller.
go rewatch the cotton bowl because he made every throw possible. and, his arm strength improved over the season, as did his accuracy. plus, he just turned 20, so his arm will only get stronger. somebody's gonna take a shot at him early. he's too electric no to.
If you weren't hating on him, you wouldn't exagerate his heighth. By the way, I prefer to listent to actual professionals:
In the Cotton Bowl’s afterglow, Aggies daydream about the prospect of three more seasons of Johnny Manziel in a Texas A&M uniform.
Those fans might want to avoid Sunday’s NFC divisional playoff game between Seattle and Atlanta. Seattle rookie Russell Wilson exemplifies the kind of NFL quarterback Manziel could become, perhaps in less than three years.
Granted, Wilson is 24, and “Johnny Football” recently turned 20. But isn’t redshirt freshman Manziel more advanced than was Wilson in his sophomore year at North Carolina State, when he threw for 31 touchdowns and ran for four?
“I love Johnny Manziel,” former Cowboys coach and current Fox analyst Jimmy Johnson said. “If he continues at this pace, I could see him having success in the NFL.”
Pro and college football analysts agree that it’s too soon for conclusions about Manziel’s NFL prospects, but the consensus is that it’s a matter of “when,” not “if,” he advances to the next level.
ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. said in late November that Manziel “has potential to be a first-round pick.”
How quickly Manziel realizes that potential largely will depend on him. The soonest he can be eligible for the draft is the spring of 2014, after his sophomore season, when he will have been out of high school for three years — the minimum allowed under NFL rules.
Manziel would be only 21 then. A more realistic timetable to enter the pros would seem to be 2015. For all the startling success of young NFL quarterbacks this season, Washington’s Robert Griffin III is 22; Indianapolis’ Andrew Luck and Carolina’s Cam Newton are 23; San Francisco’s Colin Kaepernick is 25.
All but Newton guided their teams into the playoffs. As if that isn’t precedence enough for Manziel, a small groundswell of NFL teams have transitioned to read-option, spread offenses in order to integrate the running abilities of quarterbacks like Griffin, Wilson, Newton and Kaepernick.
“More and more teams are incorporating that,” said Johnson, who in addition to coaching the Cowboys to two Super Bowl victories in the 1990s won a college national title at Miami in 1987. “I think it translates well for these quarterbacks that have quickness and ability to scramble and run.
“You look at Russell Wilson and what he’s done. I think the bottom line, though, is they’ve got to be accurate as a passer because they’ll never succeed if they’re not. You look at Tim Tebow. So they’ve got to have accuracy, be outstanding decision-makers and have poise and leadership.
“Of course, Johnny Manziel, he’s right there.”
Is he tall enough?
The primary question about Manziel’s pro potential — is he big enough? — is the one that made many major colleges reluctant to recruit him as a quarterback.
A&M lists Manziel as 6-1, 200 pounds. Manziel told SportsDay’s Kate Hairopoulos that he is exactly 72 inches tall, which is 6 feet. He’s told Kiper and others that he is “between 72 1/2 and 73 inches.”
Either way, Manziel is shorter than Kaepernick (6-5), Luck (6-4) and Griffin (6-2), but taller than Wilson, who at the NFL scouting combine last spring was measured at 5-10 5/8.
Height doesn’t seem to have hindered Wilson, nor did it for Manziel en route to 4,600 regular-season total yards, 516 more in the Cotton Bowl and winning the Heisman Trophy.
During a media teleconference last week, Wilson said he prepared himself for NFL defenses by studying tape of similarly sized quarterbacks such as Fran Tarkenton (6-0), Drew Brees (6-0) and Doug Flutie (5-10).
“For me, [size] is not a disadvantage,” said Wilson, who at a listed weight of 206 is just 6 pounds heavier than Manziel. “My height doesn’t define my skill set. I can make any play on the field.”
Wilson, who briefly played minor league baseball and transferred to Wisconsin for his senior season, wasn’t drafted until the 12th pick of the third round. Former NFL coach Jon Gruden was among many analysts who said Wilson’s height was the only reason he wasn’t drafted in the first round.
Wilson and Manziel share another trait. Both have exceptionally large hands. Wilson also has long (31-inch) arms, which along with his size 10 1/4 hands help make up for his height.
“I have the ability to move, which is a big plus,” Wilson said. “I can step up, step back, slide out of things and make something happen.
“You watch a guy like Brees, he keeps his eyes downfield all the time, and that’s what I try to do. I don’t really like running, to be honest.”
Manziel has said the players he most emulated while growing up in Tyler and Kerrville were Flutie and 6-0 Michael Vick. Then again, Manziel is an avid player of video games. Every video game player knows the way to roll up big stats is to have a quarterback who has size and speed.
“Typically, I would make him look like someone like [6-5, 240] Cam Newton,” Manziel said.
As an ESPN analyst and a quarterback who forged a Hall of Fame career in part because of his running ability, 6-2 Steve Young has watched the NFL’s evolving quarterbacks and offenses with keen interest.
“Obviously, I love the idea of athletic quarterbacks,” he said, before quickly emphasizing: “Until I’m proven wrong, championship quarterbacking is delivering the ball from the pocket.”
The greatest upside to being an athletic quarterback, Young said, is not the ability to scramble for 15 or 20 yards, but being able to buy time in the pocket.
“I think you’re going to see that people will see the benefits of mobile quarterbacks in the long term, and that will still be hopefully the prototype,” Young said.
“Now, Peyton [Manning] and Tom [Brady] have forever proven me wrong on that, but I think you’re starting to see that the potential for what mobile quarterbacks can do on third down and just piercing plays to defenses, as they learn the job.
“Because as soon as a mobile quarterback learns the job — Andrew Luck is probably going to be the first one that gets there — that’s when you get to complete capitulation of defenses. You’ve seen RG3 do that at times this year as a rookie and you’ve seen Russell Wilson do that as a rookie. It’s incredible the things these guys can accomplish.”
Young points out that the less time mobile quarterbacks spend in the open field, the less prone they are to injury, such as those suffered by Philadelphia’s Vick in recent years and Griffin this season.
‘A great future’
Manziel’s path to the NFL appears clearly defined, and the league seems more suited than ever for his talents. To get there, he must hone his passing from the pocket and become more selective about taking off on those electrifying runs that have helped make him Johnny Football.
Kiper said that unlike Case Keenum, who was coach Kevin Sumlin’s quarterback at Houston, “Manziel isn’t just a product [of Sumlin’s system], he’s a prospect.
“In terms of the scouting profile,” Kiper said, “Manziel’s strengths are his accuracy and ball placement, pocket awareness and maneuverability and command of the system.”
That sounds a lot like an NFL quarterback. And given Manziel’s dramatic improvement during his redshirt freshman season alone, it stands to reason that he’ll get even better as a sophomore.
Johnson said that each Saturday during college football season, he and fellow Fox NFL studio analyst Terry Bradshaw watch games together day and night, on three TVs. Aggie games certainly got their attention.
“Of course, Terry concentrates on those quarterbacks,” Johnson said. “He’s a big fan of Johnny Football, as well.
“Johnny Manziel has a great future. Plus, I would imagine he will get bigger and stronger over the next couple of years before he actually goes in the draft.”
Notice Johnson said “couple,” not three. Maybe it was a figure of speech. Or perhaps Aggie fans should just try to savor the Manziel era while it lasts.
Drew Brees was also drafted in the 2nd round. Manziel can be Russell Wilson 2.0 but more athletic. I hope a GM takes a shot at him early but the Tim Crouchs, and Michael Vicks in world has made it hard for a GM to draft a short QB.
Not saying im any better but Kiper doesnt know sh*t about QB's. He said that if Jimmy Clausen was an elite QB in 7 years he would shave his head. He also said that Ryan Mallet would be a NFL star and look where he is.
I feel like I was banned from the sip board for less than what this guy is bringing over here...
Your logic is boggling my mind
I wasn't even talking about Kiper. The point is that lots of NFL analysts disagree with you. Hell, Gil Brandt called his performance against OU the best he had ever seen on the college level. Ever.
Sin, ur arguing with a member of a delusional fan base, he literally said that our heisman qb would have better nfl draft odds and success if he had something in common with David Frickin Ash
Same reason Texas recruited David Ash and not Manziel. He will do the same thing at the next level, you can't coach a winner, it is already in their DNA.
Ha. It was just a funny juxtaposition with what Russell Wilson was doing on TV while we're having the discussion.
This post was edited by Sin Miedo 15 months ago
You know Jerry Jones is SALIVATING at Johnny Football. He might sell his whole draft Ditka Style for Johnny.... The marketing he could do with Johnny is just mind boggling. I really hope it doesnt happen to him though. Id like to see him go to a team where he has a chance at winning and a GM that understands football.
Texans should tank the season to pick him up. He would terrorize the NFL in Kubiak's play-action offense.
They might not have to tank since they have been exposed the second half of the season. Shutdown the run and play man cover against the crap recievers minus AJ. Oh and cut Holliday so he can continually provide you wrong on another team.
If he repeats the same success he had last season in the 2013 season you bet your ass they will. The spread offense is about to invade the NFL.
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