Most Impressive Offensive Prospect Of Bowl Season: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
By Ken Scudero
With yet another college football season in the books, we can now focus all our attention on the 2014 NFL Draft.
While watching the bowl games, I rid myself of expectations in an unbiased evaluation of the most impressive prospects. I wanted to find the prospect who proved himself as well as improved his draft status, and the undisputed most impressive offensive prospect this season was none other than Johnny Manziel.
Johnny Football has proven time and time again why he is the most exciting player in college football. The dramatic escapes, the nifty scrambles and the long runs are what he has been known for, but this bowl season, Manziel solidified his status as one of the best passing prospects available. There's no question about his arm strength; he has a cannon which is well-suited for the NFL. He can throw across the field and deep down the field as well as any quarterback prospect.
Manziel goes through his reads like an NFL veteran and, at times, he looks like he can jump right into an NFL offense and command it impressively. He stands in the pocket and throws with a natural motion and also steps up when he needs to. Manziel has a quick release and can get rid of the ball under pressure as well as Teddy Bridgewater. After seeing Manziel improve greatly in his sophomore season and watching him in the Chick-fil-A Bowl lead a down-and-out team with a defense who couldn't stop a nose bleed, I'm convinced. I am a believer in the NFL ability of Johnny Football, and if someone with a crystal ball were to tell me he will turn out to be the best NFL quarterback of this draft class, I would believe it.
Manziel is fundamentally sound, his mechanics are what you want them to be and his natural talent is off the charts. He makes very good decisions and his only downfall is his fearlessness. He believes he can make every throw, whether it is into double coverage or not. He runs like a man possessed, and his will to win is unmatchable.
Manziel is the greatest competitor I've seen in a while and I think he just has "it." After declaring on Wednesday that he's headed to the NFL, he will be the second or third quarterback taken, and he should be the starting quarterback for a team from Day 1. If he slips past the Browns with the 4th overall pick, there is absolutely no way the Vikings pass on him at No. 8.