By Steve Brooks: A couple of NFL scouts texted into radio host Lance Zierlein’s program last week, and gave their opinions on former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel. One of the scout’s feels that Manziel isn’t as good as Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, who has been a mixed bag in his two seasons turning pro.
Not even close between Manziel and RG3. RG3 better. Manziel 3rd day pick & see if you can develop.”
If Manziel isn’t even as good as RG3, then he’s probably not going to be much of a quarterback when he turns pro next season, because RG3 looks badly flawed due to his inability to play out of the pocket. Before he suffered a knee injury at the end of the 2012 season, RG3 looked destined to be a great one, but his play really
The other unnamed scout said “My grade is so high on Johnny that only thing that could have happened if I went to the workout is lower the grade. Bet the farm.”
The 6’2”, 220lbs RG3 certainly had a lot more to work with in terms of physical tools when he turned pro in 2012 out of Baylor University. He had sprinters speed, good size and a strong arm. There was no doubt in the minds of any of the NFL teams that he was the guy to draft No.1 as top quarterback in the class.
With Manziel, it’s a lot different because he’s undersized, slower, and not as skilled at throwing the football as RG3. We’re talking about a lesser player in Manziel. That doesn’t mean that he won’t turn around and have a better career than RG3, but right now it’s not looking like that based on how Manziel looked in his two seasons at A&M.
The best that any team in the NFL can hope for is if Manziel turns out to be as good as Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks. If Manziel can play like that then he’s going to be a tremendous addition to whichever team drafts him.