After Johnny Manziel had his pro day at Texas A&M this past Thursday, analysts and scouts are starting to re-evaluate him as the top overall pick for the Houston Texans. According to NFL.com writer Daniel Kim, NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks has moved Johnny above Teddy Bridgewater and Blake Bortles in his quarterback rankings. He described Manziel’s 64 yard pass as “spectacular” and that it “would resonate with coaches and scouts in their draft evaluations.” Super Bowl XXXIV MVP and NFL Media’s Kurt Warner was also impressed but he was not ready to slate him as the number one overall pick.
I want a guy that wants to win regardless of what he does, and I think Johnny’s that guy. The problem with Johnny is that there’s still a lot of questions, and some of it is because he’s only played two years in college. We don’t know what he’s going to be. To win in the National Football League, you have to win in the pocket. You have to know what you’re seeing. You have to be able to make those throws first, and I just don’t think we have the body of work to say he’s that guy.
Kurt continued on with why he would select Clowney number one overall.
I think Johnny Manziel is the guy that intrigues me the most,” he said, “but I think (Jadeveon) Clowney is such a rare, physical specimen, a guy that you’re not going to see very often in this business, and because I have a few questions about the quarterback position, I’d probably go that direction.
Warner makes an excellent point that there are still too many questions about Manziel to know for sure he will succeed in the National Football League. I think there are concerns about all the quarterbacks in this year’s draft class and the Texans have eleven picks throughout the draft. They could wait until the second or third round and grab someone that would not have to start right away. They recently acquired Ryan Fitzpatrick who has started games for the Tennessee Titans and the Buffalo Bills the past two seasons. He is not the long-term answer for the Texans but he could be that veteran presence for a rookie to learn from. It would be hard to pass up the opportunity to pair Clowney with J.J. Watt on the defensive line.
Sports-Kings Down and Distance Contributor Kyle Pierce @kylepierce28