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Johnny Manziel became the first freshman to win College Football’s Heisman Trophy. The Heisman is a huge accomplishment that most football players dream of. However, college football players have four years to attempt this. What was so spectacular about Manziel getting the Heisman is that he didn’t it in only one season. Manziel was a superstar QB for Texas A&M. He was an obvious choice because of his ability to run and pass. He led A&M to an 11-2 record in the hardest conference.
Manziel was not the typical NCAAF QB. In most cases, the star QB’s had either a great arm or tremendous speed. Most QB’s that have both are very successful in college football like Tim Tebow. Manziel had a 68% completion percentage and seven yards per carry. He led his team to a 41-13 victory vs. Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl.
Although the great freshman season, many analysts project Manziel to not be the first pick in the draft because he is small for a mobile quarterback. In the past few years, running QB’s have been more common. In this era, we have seen positive mobile QB’s and some negative ones as well. Some positive mobile QB’s include bigger guy’s like Cam Newton and Ben Roethlisberger. Negative examples of mobile QB’s include small guys like Pat White, Mike Vick, and Robert Griffin III. Although RG3 and Vick have had great careers, they are consider negative because how often they get injured. In one year, RG3 got his knee destroyed because he is mobile, small, and didn’t slide as much as he should have. This shows why scouts have their doubts of Manziel. I don’t agree with the scouts because of how talented Johnny football really is.
Here is a video of Johnny Manziel’s best highlight plays of last season.
I project Manziel to be a superstar QB who will be drafted near the top of the 2015 NFL draft. He will transform the QB position into a more mobile position.
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