The 2014 NFL Draft is 4 months away but there is a lot of speculation swirling around Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and where he might end up. With his speed and agility he could make a huge impact to any team he plays for. The general consensus is that he could go anywhere in the top 5. It seemed obvious the Houston Texans, who are in desperate need of a quarterback would use their number one pick and take Manziel. But last week Yahoo.com reported that Texan’s owner Bob McNair is open to trading,
Maybe we’ll trade down and still get a quarterback that can do the job and get an outstanding defensive player, It’s an exciting time. Everything’s a moving target. Lot of different pieces.
Now it may be a stretch for the Eagles to trade Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Matt Barkley and their 22nd overall draft pick for the Texan’s number one pick. Suppose Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly uses that pick and chooses Johnny Manziel. Shortly after the Eagles season ending loss against the Saints Kelly was asked about Foles’ starting status for next year. He answered yes, of course. But it’s widely known that Kelly uses competition to get the best out of his players. He explains his theory,
There’s always competition, and I think you can ask Nick that, too. I don’t think Nick is going to think that I can go out and throw 12 interceptions in a row, which he’ll never do, but that I’m your guy. I think everybody kind of feeds off of that, and they understand that. And then if you also have a guy that’s not competing to be the starter with Nick, then what if Nick gets hurt and then all of a sudden the other guy goes, ‘Oh, my God, I’m not ready to play because I thought Nick was going to be the guy.’ It’s a cliché, but you are a chin strap away from playing in this league and when your opportunity comes, you have to take advantage of that. One of the things we do here is we compete and we have a bunch of guys that compete. Obviously you’ve got to have one guy. Right now, Nick is that one guy, but I don’t think Nick has ever been afraid of competition. He showed me that the first time we had that. We’re always going to try to continue to upgrade at every position, and I think all of our players know that, and I think the guys that are true competitors really embrace that.
So is it really that big of a stretch to think Kelly picks up Manziel in the draft? Manziel fits perfectly into Kelly’s original offensive scheme. But so did Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick. But that did not work out and Kelly had to shift his offensive play with Foles. That did work out very well for him. With Manziel Kelly could have what he wanted from the beginning; a mobile agile, quarterback with a great ability to read defenses.