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Why The Eagles Should Not Draft Johnny Manziel


Thomas Campbell-USA Today Sports

Starting Quarterback Johnny Manziel of the Texas A&M Aggies is a great college quarterback. All things being equal he should probably win the Heisman Trophy again this year. I believe politics will prevent that from happening but it doesn’t change how good he is.

But he will not do well in the NFL. I am not going to throw a lot of stats at you except these; he is 6′ 1″ tall and weighs 200 pounds. He is too small to be a mobile quarterback. He could put on some muscle but he isn’t getting any taller. He’s a little too short to be a pocket passer and if he runs out of the pocket he will run into linebackers whose only job in life is to plant the quarterback in the turf. Just imagine Johnny Football on an end around trying to outrun JJ Watt or Clay Matthews (once he is healthy of course). I laughed out loud as I typed that.

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick is almost identical in physical stature. And he has only played one full season in his 12 seasons. Sure, he is great to watch. That would make life miserable for a head coach. Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach Chip Kelly is dealing with that now. Why in the world would he want to sign up for 10 to 12 more years of that?

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