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

Bruce Arians: Hit on Drew Stanton was ‘cheap shot’

For the second straight week, Drew Stanton got it done. The Cardinals' backup quarterback, filling in for the injured Carson Palmer, threw for 244 yards and two touchdowns against the 49ers, helping the team improve to 3-0. Along the way, however, Stanton was the victim of a brutal hit by Niners linebacker Dan Skuta -- a hit that Cards coach Bruce Arians deemed dirty. https:...
Via Helmet2Helmet
10 hours ago

Silver: NBA will take 'fresh look' at domestic violence policies

NEW YORK — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Monday his league will “take a fresh look” at its domestic violence procedures in the wake of the NFL’s rash of incidents. Silver said during a community service event in Staten Island that the league has been discussing with the NBA Players Association ways to further educate players and provide programs to them and their families...
Via NESN.com
10 hours ago

911 audio: Woman says Bironas was ‘dangerous’ and ‘crazy’

Former longtime Tennessee Titans kicker Rob Bironas died on Saturday night after flipping his car in a single-car crash in Nashville, and a phone call to 911 indicates the kicker exhibited wild and crazy behavior on the road before the crash. The Tennessean posted audio of a call from a woman reporting the crash. The […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
12 hours ago

Can Jonathan Papelbon catch Mariano Rivera?

When discussing the best closers of the modern era one name leads every list: Mariano Rivera. Trevor Hoffman, Joe Nathan, Francisco Rodriguez, and Billy Wagner are part of the next tier down but are short the dominance over many years of the guy above them. Some of their tickets to the Hall of Fame will likely be regular-priced admission rather than induction ceremony. One guy who...
Via The Sports Post
23 hours ago

James Harrison to rejoin Steelers for his final season

James Harrison officially retired from the NFL before the season began, but the 36-year-old is coming back to rejoin his old club. The Pittsburgh Steelers will sign Harrison this week. The #Steelers will be signing their own former star LB James Harrison over the next few days, I’m told. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 22, 2014 LB James Harrison scheduled to meet Tuesday...
Via Sports-Glory
14 hours ago

LeBron James fan has his Cavaliers arena ban lifted

Remember that fan who ran onto the court when the Miami Heat played the Cleveland Cavaliers two seasons ago with a shirt begging LeBron James to return to Cleveland in 2014? What a nut that guy was, huh? LeBron had won two championships with the Heat and was aiming for a third. There was no […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
18 hours ago

Chargers lose Danny Woodhead for the season

The San Diego Chargers’ worst fears were confirmed on Monday as running back Danny Woodhead is officially out for the year after suffering a leg injury against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. Woodhead will have surgery to repair his fractured right fibula and ankle and will be placed in injured reserve this week. The 30-year-old was carted off the field during the Chargers’ 22-10...
Via Rumors and Rants
15 hours ago

Ravens respond to ESPN allegations about Ray Rice story

The Baltimore Ravens have responded to allegations by ESPN’s Outside the Lines that the team led a campaign of misinformation in the months following the now infamous Ray Rice elevator incident in which he was arrested for domestic violence. You already know the story, so there is no reason to get into it here. Needless to say, both the Ravens and the NFL have drawn widespread...
Via Sportsnaut
18 hours ago

Is there a QB controversy brewing in Miami?

Fresh off a disheartening 34-15 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin didn’t seem prepared to commit to Ryan Tannehill as the team’s starting quarterback for Week 4 (via Palm Beach Post). After being asked directly about Tannehill’s status as the starting quarterback, Philbin responded… We’ll utilize the players the best way we...
Via Sportsnaut
20 hours ago

Lions place Tulloch on season-ending I.R. with ACL injury

The Detroit Lions announced Monday that they will place veteran LB Stephen Tulloch on season-ending injured reserve with a torn ACL. Caldwell announced that Stephen Tulloch will be placed on injured reserve with an ACL injury. — Detroit Lions (@Lions) September 22, 2014 Tulloch suffered the injury while celebrating a sack on Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, so this is a very disappointing...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
22 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.