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

Cam Newton: ‘No doubt’ I’ll be ready for Week 1

Exhale, Panthers fans. Your franchise quarterback will be under center on Sept. 7. Per the Charlotte Observer, Cam Newton, who's dealing with cracked ribs, affirmed he'll be ready for the regular season opener in Tampa Bay. “There’s no doubt in my mind,” Newton said. “I’m just going to worry about things that I can control. I’m going to continue to come in...
Via Helmet2Helmet
14 hours ago

Don't bother asking Bill Belichick a soccer question

Don’t ask Bill Belichick — head coach of the New England Patriots — his opinion on Jermaine Jones signing with the New England Revolution. Bill Belichick doesn’t care about the New England Revolution. Bill Belichick doesn’t care about soccer. Bill Belichick cares about winning football games. Love this answer from Belichick the other day when asked about the NE Revolution...
Via Next Impulse Sports
9 hours ago

Josh Shaw admits faking rescue story, suspended indefinitely

Twitter/@ThePeristyle On Tuesday, we learned that USC senior defensive back Josh Shaw may have made up a story about how he injured both of his ankles. According to Shaw, he injured them while he was rescuing his nephew from drowning at a family event. However, Trojans head football coach Steve Sarkisian told reporters that there were reports that contradicted his captain’s description...
Via College Spun
10 hours ago

WATCH: Laird Hamilton rides huge wave, shoots Malibu pier

Via Guyism
14 hours ago

Mickey Mantle's driver's license on eBay for big bucks

Fans taking food out of their kids mouths to spend it their passed sports idols’ memorabilia always struck me as exceptionally macabre. That...
Via Busted Coverage
19 hours ago

Dan Snyder: New Redskins stadium in the works

Redskins owner Dan Synder told CSN Washington Wednesday that they have “started the process” of planning a new stadium. “Whether it’s Washington, D.C., whether it’s another stadium in Maryland, whether it’s a stadium in Virginia, we’ve started the process,” Snyder said. “We are going to push forward. We’ve started meeting with architectural firms. We are in...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
10 hours ago

Jeff Fisher goes on the attack, slams ESPN, Josina Anderson

NFL head coaches tend to have a relationship with their players that extend to off the football field themselves. They give off-field advice, tutor them on the issues that are presented to players in the real world and get offensive when players are unfarily scrutinized by the media and skeptics.  This is exactly what St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher did in defense of rookie...
Via Sportsnaut
14 hours ago

Peterson: ‘I work with the mindset of being the best ever’

The Minnesota Vikings are heading into yet another season where running back Adrian Peterson is expected to be one of the top backs in the league. Peterson has powered Minnesota’s offense for seven years already, and has amassed 10,115 yards and 86 touchdowns on 2,033 carries. Needless to say, he has put up big numbers on a Vikings’ offense that hasn’t had a good quarterback...
Via Sports-Glory
20 hours ago

Doc Rivers signs extension with Clippers through 2019

With a new owner in place, the Los Angeles Clippers are keeping their head coach and President of Basketball Operations, Doc Rivers. The Clippers announced on Wednesday that they have signed Rivers to a contract extension that lasts through the 2019 season. Breaking: Doc Rivers has agreed to a contract that will keep him with […]
Via Full Scale Sports
17 hours ago

Josh Gordon's one-year suspension upheld by NFL

  Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports reports that Browns WR Josh Gordon's one-year suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy has been upheld. Gordon has released a statement regarding the decision: “I’d like to apologize to my teammates, coaches, the Cleveland Browns organization and our fans. I am very disappointed that the NFL and its hearing office didn’t...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
16 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.