go to MSN.com
Found May 07, 2013 on Larry Brown Sports:
PLAYERS: Johnny Manziel

Via Larry Brown Sports:

Johnny Manziel was the best quarterback in college football and the best player in the nation last year at Texas A&M, or so his Heisman Trophy says. Manziel became the first freshman ever to take home to coveted Heisman, which has everyone excited about what the future could hold for Johnny Football. According to one NFL.com scout, it may not be much when it comes time for him to play professionally.

Before you freak out about the phenomenal season Manziel had in 2012 and how he is only 20 years old, give Bucky Brooks’ full assessment a chance. Brooks believes Manziel currently projects to be a “marginal pro.” How is that possible for someone who did what he did for the Aggies last season? It has a lot to do with the difference between college football and the NFL.

Brooks, who mentioned multiple times how Manziel is one of the most electric players he has ever seen, focused on four areas — athleticism, arm talent, pocket presence and clutch factor. He cited Manziel’s ability to improvise and scramble as reasons he presents a nightmare scenario for opposing defensive coordinators, but a lot of that stuff may not work at the NFL level.

Manziel is an exceptional athlete, which we can see based on his running ability, but he makes a ton of plays outside the pocket. When teams force Manziel to remain inside the pocket, he is less effective. In losses to Florida and LSU last season, Manziel was forced to throw more and run less. The fact that he is more effective outside the pocket will be a concern for NFL teams, considering how much bigger and faster defensive lineman and linebackers are at the next level.

Again, Manziel is an incredible playmaker. He could easily build his arm strength and become a better pocket passer over the next two or three seasons, which would send his draft stock higher than it already is. That being said, we have seen plenty of quarterbacks dominate the college game and not be able to get it done at the pro level. Time will tell if Manziel will be another one of those guys.

And no, this has nothing to do with controversial pictures like this.

 

THE BACKYARD
RELATED ARTICLES

Bob Stoops in denial over the SEC's superiority.

Bob Stoops congratulating Johnny Manziel after Cotton Bowl. It's been a little over four months since Oklahoma got it's clock cleaned in the Cotton Bowl by Texas A&M and a certain Mr. Football. You would think that would be enough to make the Sooners' head football coach acknowledge the superiority of the SEC over the Big 12*. Well, apparently it hasn'...
College Football News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

RUMORS & GOSSIP

Harvey Updyke charity event canceled after death threats

Convicted Auburn tree poisoner Harvey Updyke will not make an appearance at a charity event in Mobile, Ala., after Dee Dee Bonner, the mother of Cincinnati Bengals and former Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron, and McCarron’s wife, model Katherine Webb, received death threats on social media.  
Via IMAGE CPR SPORTS
1 hour ago

Report: Klay Thompson ‘pissed’ Warriors considered trading him

Ric Bucher has a column up at Bleacher Report examining the aftermath of the Warriors sticking their toes in the “trade for Kevin Love” waters then deciding against jumping in. The column revolves around the notion that the Warriors were the aggressors in the talks with Minnesota all along until they ultimately decided that trading for Love wasn’t in their best interest. Meanwhile...
Via No Guts, No Glory
2 hours ago

V Stiviano says Donald Sterling is gay in legal documents

V. Stiviano is getting down and dirty when it comes to her legal dispute with Donald Sterling. For her latest act, she accused the former Clippers owner of being gay. You may recall that the tension between Stiviano and Sterling began when Shelly filed a lawsuit trying to get back the cars, property and gifts […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
3 hours ago

Doug Marrone mad after second straight day of practice brawls

AP Photo We’ve heard and seen some spats come about during training camp this offseason, but Bills head coach Doug Marrone is less than please with his team and their brawling ways.  He said on Wednesday after fights broke out that he didn’t was to see that anymore, but after today, it’s clear his team did not get the message. Another fight broke out during practice Thursday...
Via Down and Distance
4 hours ago

Garrett Richards to miss six to nine months

The Los Angeles Angels of  Anaheim took a huge blow when starter Garrett Richards went down on Wednesday with a patellar tendon tear. The Angels got more bad news on Thursday when it was announced that Richards will need surgery to repair his patellar tendon tear and will be out 6-9 months. Mike DiGiovanna of […]
Via Full Scale Sports
5 hours ago

Calvin Johnson expresses curiosity over new role on team

Detroit Lions’ star wide receiver Calvin Johnson is curious about his new role as he begins his first season in Joe Lombardi’s new offensive scheme. Calvin Johnson curious about role in Lions' new offense: Calvin Johnson will hit the field for his first … http://t.co/YD74m9Tqsb #NFL — NFL Fanzone (@NFLFANZONE) August 21, 2014 Megatron enters his eighth year having worked...
Via Sportsnaut
7 hours ago

Mo’ne Davis autographed balls going for $500 a pop on eBay

Via Guyism
8 hours ago

Bill Polian says Josh Gordon doesn’t belong on football field

AP Image Roger Goodell and the NFL have still not decided what they’re going to do with Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon.  Gordon faces a suspension for violating the leagues substance abuse policy, although Gordon pleades innocence saying the failed drugs test was due to breathing in second-hand marijuana smoke. Former Indianapolis Colts general manager Bill Polian...
Via Down and Distance
10 hours ago

50 Cent issues hilarious challenge to Floyd Mayweather

50 Cent brought us his own version of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Thursday, and Floyd Mayweather Jr. probably isn’t going to appreciate it. Rather than dumping a bucket of ice water over his head, 50 has offered to donate $750,000 to the charitable organization of Mayweather’s choice if Floyd can read one page […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
9 hours ago

Report: Steelers plan to play Bell and Blount despite arrests

While Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount were arrested and charged with marijuana possession on Wednesday, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin has plans to play his running backs. According to Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL.com Tomlin plans to play both Bell and Blount for Thursday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Mike Tomlin's plan is to play both […]
Via Full Scale Sports
10 hours ago
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.