Johnny Manziel’s NFL Draft stock may fall fast after crushing loss to LSU

Nov 23, 2013; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) is tackled by LSU Tigers linebacker Lamin Barrow (18) in the second half at Tiger Stadium. LSU defeated Texas A&M 34-10. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

Johnny Football no sooner was said to be making a decision before the Texas A&M bowl game by his coach Kevin Sumlin, than he was crushed by the LSU Tigers, again.

The numbers may be better for Manziel in his redshirt sophomore season at the A&M helm, but he’s clearly not ready for the big-time, at least from this chair and at least not on an every down basis in the NFL. His 16-41, 224 yards, 1 touchdown, 2 interception performance against LSU was a large indicator that he is still a year away from helping an NFL team to winning football games.

It wasn’t the loss, plenty of capable and even elite quarterbacks face that. It was the fashion in which he made decisions against a bigger, stronger and faster defense that should concern NFL owners and coaches.

Manziel rarely just took what the defense gave him and continually found himself in trouble while trying to hit a home run. Singles were available and you have to take those plays in the NFL.

We’ll see where this goes, but expect his draft stock to fall, especially if he doesn’t have a huge rebound performance against Mizzou.

Topics: College Football, Johnny Manziel, NFL Draft, Texas A&M Aggies

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  • John Cate

    This is asinine. All quarterbacks have bad games. No NFL scouting department is going to downgrade Manziel based on this one game, when they’ve watched him shred a superior Alabama defense two years running, among many other outstanding performances against strong opposition.

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