Continuing our breakdown of possible draft prospects for the Oakland Raiders we turn to Texas A&M and their quarterback Johnny Manziel.
While there have been rumors that the Oakland Raiders may not be going quarterback at #5 we’ll break it down anyway because for all we know this could just be a smokescreen. And for those that missed it here is yesterday’s breakdown of Sammy Watkins.
First and foremost Johnny Manziel is a playmaker from the pocket, and even when it looks like there is nothing there he creates one. He is also very dangerous outside of the pocket and has a great arm while throwing on the run. Manziel also has a pretty good deep ball both in terms of accuracy and arm strength which has improved every year.
On the negative side he lacks proper throwing technique. This includes stepping up into the pocket, falling back while throwing, and incorrectly feeling pressure when there is none. Some will even knock him for his size, but I think his ability outside the pocket — both running and throwing — makes up for that. Russell Wilson was able to overcome it, though I would argue he is a much more cerebral player than Manziel.
Yes, everyone loves the fact that he’s a gamer, but look how that turned out for Tim Tebow– one year he’s in the playoffs, the next he’s out of a job. And lets not even get into his (Manziel’s) disciplinary troubles.
Many will argue that the technique can be taught while the running ability cannot, and I agree for the most part. However, with Manziel the Oakland Raiders would have a lot of teaching to do in a short amount of time.
Do I like Manziel? No, definitely not for the Raiders. I would pass on him and let another team deal with the high risk, high reward pick. He may have that ‘p’ word ‘potential’, but I would snag a different positional player then maybe come back in the second round and look at a guy like Derek Carr. I’d even prefer Teddy Bridgewater even though he has slipped considerably due to his bad pro day.