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

Nelly drops high school dropout crack on Mayweather

Nelly is still dating Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s ex-girlfriend Shantel Jackson, so it is hardly a surprise that the boxing champion and rapper do not get along. During an appearance on Dan Le Batard’s “Highly Questionable” on Monday, Nelly was asked about his beef with Floyd. He said there is no beef, but he was not […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
1 hour ago

NBPA elects Michele Roberts as Executive Director

After 17 months the NBA Players’ Association has elected a replacement for former Executive Director Billy Hunter. League source says NBPA has elected Washington, D.C. attorney Michele Roberts to be its next Executive Director, replacing Billy Hunter. — David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) July 29, 2014 Roberts received 32 votes, six more needed by union bylaws. Roberts 32 votes were...
Via KCM Sports
11 hours ago

Griffin withdrew from Team USA camp due to back injury

When Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin withdrew his name for Team USA training camp, many people were interested about how he came to his decision. Griffin claims that he wants to focus on getting better and getting ready for the upcoming season. But according to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN, Griffin had another reason to withdraw his name. Shelburne says Griffin withdrew from...
Via No Guts, No Glory
1 hour ago

David Ortiz on Jon Lester: ‘He’s a keeper’

With trade rumors and rumblings around Jon Lester’s name recently, it seems the Red Sox may at least consider moving him. On Monday, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported the Red Sox have been “hit hard” by team’s in pursuit of Lester’s services. To take it even a step further, Rosenthal revealed team’s in the AL East have checked in on a possible trade. It’s rare in...
Via Sports-Glory
3 hours ago

Report: John Calipari took $200K in private flights in 2013

In a reveal that probably won’t surprise anyone, it was recently reported that Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari took about $200,000 worth of chartered flights last year as part of national...Story
Via Lost Lettermen
3 hours ago

Jimbo Fisher: Baseball has made Winston 'a better football player'

How does Jimbo Fisher feel about Jameis Winston playing both baseball and football at Florida State? Apparently, the Seminoles head football coach is completely fine with it.Fisher made an appearance on ESPN's First Take on Monday and proceeded to give his thoughts on the Heisman winner being a two-sport athlete in college. The following is what Fisher had to say:“Baseball...
Via Bush League Chronicle
5 hours ago

Joe Thomas compares a current Browns QB to Tom Brady?

TweetThere’s a ton of hype surrounding the Cleveland sports scene. For one, the Cavaliers landed that James guy in free agency. Likewise, the Browns drafted high-profile Johnny Manziel to battle with Brian Hoyer for the starting QB role. Browns left tackle Joe Thomas, speaking to the media after practice Monday, claims one of the Browns QBs has a lot of the same characteristics...
Via Los That Sports Blog
4 hours ago

NFL's attempt to explain Rice suspension less than convincing

The National Football League has some of the highest-paid public relations personnel in the United States. This is one of the primary reasons that it has been able to skirt some major issues in the past as it relates to how the public perceives the league.  Unfortunately for the league, the two-game suspension Ray Rice received for assaulting his now wife Janay Palmer earlier this...
Via Sportsnaut
10 hours ago

Emmanuel Sanders: Peyton 'far better leader' than Big Ben

Emmanuel Sanders has plenty of respect for his former quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, but it hasn’t taken him long to figure out that Peyton Manning is an even better leader. Sanders caught 11 touchdowns in four seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers and left to sign with the Denver Broncos in March. During an interview Friday with […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
18 hours ago

Troy Tulowitzki reportedly likes idea of replacing Derek Jeter

Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports As the MLB trade deadline approaches, the buzz around Rockies superstar shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is growing day by day. Tuluwitzki attended a Yankees game a few days ago, apparently he didn’t visit the Yankees stadium as a fan. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reported: Friends of Tulowitzki say that while he hasn’t necessarily presented a list of pre...
Via The Sideline
12 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.