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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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  • Dr Muon Funk

    What about Russell Wilson? He’s 5’10 at best and how about Drew Brees, he’s 6′. I hope Foles is the guy moving forward. He’s got the size and skill set.

  • Claire Bartell

    you need to go see Johnny in person…totally different than how he looks on film. On TV he looks small…but he doesn’t play small, just fast.

  • Todd

    Thanks for the feedback, Claire. I agree he is fast and he something to watch. Even on TV I love to watch him go. He is great for TV and the Aggies. I never really paid attention to them until Manziel started playing for them.

    My opinion is that Manziel runs a lot. In college that can translate to some exciting football and high scores. As a rule, running QBs get hurt a lot. And the Defense Linemen and backs sole purpose is to take the QB down. When you get a professional caliber linebacker on the field I think it will translate poorly for Manziel.

  • Todd

    Mr. Funk! Awesome name by the way. I appreciate the comment. I think Russel Wilson will eventually get hurt and miss some games. He has a phenomenal Offensive Line in front of him and he is fast. But as I mentioned to Claire, as a rule running QBs get hurt a lot. Drew Brees is more of a pocket passer, he doesn’t run a lot. And he gets rid of the ball before he gets blasted. Thanks for the comments!

  • DP16052

    I have no doubts that Manziel will get drafted but my feelings are mixed on whether Manziel will make it over the long haul. I agree that the NFL will be a wake-up call as the defense will be both faster and tougher than at the college level. However I feel that he has developed his passing game this year and can swing more to a pocket passer. Throw in his great instinct, speed, ability to run, and it will be interesting.

  • Brandon Macdonald

    See: 5’11″ 206 pound Russell Wilson

  • Todd Duvall

    Wilson’s arm is much stronger.

  • Todd

    Thanks for the feedback, Brandon. Wilson is shorter but he is thicker and has a much stronger arm.