It’s no secret Johnny Manziel is one of the most polarizing prospects heading into the 2014 NFL Draft. From his game to his off the field antics, there are definitely questions about him transitioning to the next level. But is any of it so bad that Manziel shouldn’t even be drafted?
According to NFL Films producer Greg Cossell, it’s one big “maybe”. Per Cossell, in viewing two key games late in the year against LSU and Missouri, Manziel was so bad that he appeared to be “almost undraftable”.
“I’ve studied him maybe the hardest, because he’s maybe the most polarizing player. As you evaluate and transition him, there is a wide variation in his play. So there is a consistency issue,” Cosell said.
There’s no denying Manziel’s poor performance late in the year, but two bad games can’t summarize a fantastic two-year career. After all, Manziel beat Alabama last year as a true freshman and torched them again in a high-scoring battle in 2013.
It’s also worth noting that Manziel dealt with numerous injuries in his second season at Texas A&M and bounced back to have a great bowl game to close his college career. In fact, he even brought his team back from behind for a thrilling win.
Manziel absolutely has his flaws, but even pondering for a second that he’s undraftable is ridiculous. Cossell isn’t really suggesting that, though. More, he’s merely pointing out Manziel’s weaknesses and the fact that he may have a more difficult time succeeding at the next level than most Manziel supporters think.
I agree that’s possible. But I also think the upside Manziel has to offer is worth the risk.