Now before I get bombarded, I am aware that it is not clear if Johnny will declare for the draft or even if Reggie will draft him.
Johnny (Footabll) Manziel
Listed as a 6-1, 210 lbs as a redshirt sophomore (3rd year). He has thrown for over 7,400 yards in his career at Texas A&M with 59 TD's and 22 INT's. He is projected by many to be taken within the top 12 of the 2014 draft if he declares.
To some people the negatives that come along with "Johnny Football" outweigh the positives, this is definitely not me. I have a taste for the eccentric, which may be a reason I am a raiders fan. The troubles of his past are nothing more than a speed bump on the road to a long career. He showed the ability after this offseason to brush off his personal issues and perform on the field. Naturally he had a bit of fun with it, as exemplified by the Rice game. Johnny is one of the most exciting players I have ever had the pleasure of watching. Every time he steps on the field he brings the electricity that the raiders are in need of. He has the speed, swagger and pure talent of an old fashion raider.
Maybe one of the first things that you notice in Johnny's play is that he is a dual threat player. He has great pocket awareness and scrambling ability. His ability to keep plays alive is unmatched in college football and is comparable to the way Pryor extends plays. Unlike Pryor, he has the ability to make smart decisions, which is dauntingly hanging over Pryor's head. In addition, he has underrated arm strength and has the ability to be a pocket passer. Most people don't notice this because the only plays to make the highlight reel are the ones that Manziel is making D-linemen look silly.
Scouts have criticized Johnny for being to quick to turn to his feat after last years Heisman season. This year he has shown that he can go through his progression and get multiple reads in and then has the option to run if he so chooses. Another thing in which he cannot change is his height but, I believe height alone cannot limit a quarterback. Quarterbacks like Drew Brees and Russell Wilson have shown that height isn't everything in the National Football League.
Now I am skeptical to the idea of Reggie risking such a high draft pick on an all or nothing prospect like Manziel. Yet I am hopeful that he takes a good hard look at Johnny and maybe... just maybe... he will fall in love. If you still are unsure of your stance on Manziel just think... What Would Al Do?