While we gear up for the final stretch of the 2012 Heisman Trophy watch, fans around the nation are left wondering how the potential Heisman winners could fare when they make their journey to the NFL.
Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o and Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein will be headed to the pros next season, but Texas A&M quarterback Johnny “Football” Manziel still has a few years left at the college level. Despite his inability to enter the 2013 NFL Draft, ESPN’s Adam Schefter spoke with NFL scouts around the league to get an idea of how the talent evaluators viewed the Aggies freshman sensation.
One NFL talent evaluator compared Manziel to former Duke standout Bobby Hurley, saying he’s the best point guard in America, able to dish it off or take the ball to the hoop himself with his rare athletic instincts.
Alabama coach Nick Saban once compared Manziel to Doug Flutie, though NFL scouts do not believe the Texas A&M quarterback has the same type of arm strength. One scout said Manziel, who’s listed as 6-1, is more like Fran Tarkenton, able to scramble or throw the ball pretty accurately.
NFL scouts are uneasy about his Manziel’s size.
They also are uncertain how high he’ll wind up going when he turns pro or what type of quarterback he’ll be, given that he’s only a redshirt freshman. But even NFL evaluators are enamored with watching Manziel work his magic.
It is no surprise that Manziel’s size is already worrying NFL scouts, but he has time to grow during his final years in school.
While it may be too early to say, Manziel appears to be an outstanding college football player that will struggle to find a home when he makes the leap to the NFL.