Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel struggled on Saturday afternoon against the LSU Tigers, which has led many to question his transition to the NFL once again. Manziel is fully expected to declare for the 2014 NFL Draft prior to the team’s bowl game, but it looks like he may be picking some bad timing.
Manziel is watching his NFL Draft stock continue to fall as the season goes on, and in a latest risers and fallers piece Manziel was listed among those who are slipping.
Manziel struggled against LSU for the second year in a row, completing only 16 of 41 passes and tossing two interceptions. He did throw one touchdown pass and rushed for 51 yards, but his accuracy and decision-making were both below his normal standards. The weather wasn’t ideal — it was windy and wet — but Manziel missed several open receivers down the field, and he forced too many balls into crowded areas. His poor performance in this contest likely cost him a chance at a second Heisman Trophy.
Manziel has less than ideal size and arm talent for the next level and his inconsistent decision making is another factor that will cause him to struggle when he is consistently facing NFL defenses.
If Manziel does decide to enter the draft, we will be in for months of continued analysis on his college film and the results likely won’t be what Manziel hopes to hear.