Scouting Report: Johnny Manziel

Thomas Frank Carr

ESPN Radio 1450 Draft Analyst 

Johnny Manziel

Rr-So. QB Texas A&M

Height: 5’11 ¾”                       Weight: 207                               Hands: 9 7/8”                                40 yard Dash: 4.69  


 

Strengths

·         Big hand size for frame

·         Strong arm; quick, smooth delivery

·         Electrifyingly player who is incredibly elusive

·         Decent accuracy

·         Much improved footwork and fundamentals  

·         Throws well on the run and from multiple platforms  

·         Never gives up on a play and will extend to give receivers more time

·         Fearless player  

·         Incredibly competitive and passion for game is evident

·         Emotional and vocal leader 

 

Weaknesses

·         Under six feet tall

·         Not thick bodied, injuries are a concern given playing style  

·         Doesn’t know when to give up on a play 

·         Makes poor decisions with the ball and get bailed out by talented WRs

·         Sees ghosts in the pocket, skittish

·         Holds the ball loose while scrambling

·         Hasn’t taken snaps under center

·         Hasn’t mastered all of the minutia of the position

·         Work ethic and character questions are wildly publicized.

·         Doesn’t throw receivers open or look of safeties  

 

 Analysis:


Manziel lives up to his billing as one of the most controversial players in this year’s draft. You can scout him three different times and have three different opinions of his game. Manziel’s playing style is the epitome of double edged sword. He dazzles fans with his highlight plays and yet those tend to be the plays in which he makes the worst decisions. He throws the ball late, across his body and over the middle on a regular basis. Yet his passion, competitive spirit and determination cannot be denied. He has surprisingly good footwork despite his style of play. He also has a strong arm and good accuracy. He has a long way to go and a lot of things going against him but If a team can reign in his erratic play and focus his talents he could be a productive starter in the NFL.