Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel burst on to the college football scene as a redshirt freshman as he build the legend of “Johnny Football” on his way to setting numerous records and constantly making mind-blowing plays. Unfortunately for Manziel, there are concerns about whether or not his skillset will translate to the NFL.
Regardless of when Manziel declares for the draft, he is going to be one of the most polarizing prospects in recent memory and for good reason.
One well-respected football mind, quarterback guru George Whifield, shared his thoughts on Manziel as a pro prospect and it went right along with what most people are saying at this time. Manziel is still raw and has a lot of growing to do before he is ready to make the jump to the next level.
“In terms of his position, he is just scratching the surface.” Whitfield said, when speaking on the Draft Tracker podcast with Bucky Brooks of the NFL Network. “He is working towards getting bigger and stronger. At one point this spring he was up to 212, now he’s at 208 pounds.”
An additional note about Manziel’s weight that could cause concern is that Whitfield says he was down to as little as 191 pounds after the season. For a quarterback that barely pushes six-foot tall, the size is a major concern.
It is clear to most talent evaluators that Manziel just isn’t ready to make the jump to the next level just yet, but there is also a strong belief from those who know Manziel that he is preparing to bolt for the NFL after this season. If that is the decision that he ultimately makes, it could be a huge mistake.