Johnny Manziel is one of the top signal-callers in the 2014 NFL Draft class, but Manziel struggled during his time at Texas A&M when he had to face the LSU Tigers. Recently, LSU safety Craig Loston revealed the strategy that his team used when they faced off against Manziel and it could be a concern for NFL general managers.
“Our plan was to try to keep him in the pocket, make him beat us from the pocket,” Loston said, via Yahoo! Sports. “We did a pretty good job of keeping him bottled up throughout the whole game… he caught us in a couple of errors, but I think our D-line did a great job of collapsing things around him and forcing him into some pressure throws.”
This is obviously troubling because teams in the NFL will attempt to keep Manziel in the pocket as well, and their secondaries will be able to feast on the forced throws and mistakes that Manziel would get away with at the collegiate level.
There is also the concern about Manziel’s size and playing style at the next level, because he won’t be able to take the hits that he took in college with NFL-sized defenders.
Manziel will be one of the most controversial prospects over the next couple of months leading up to the draft, so it will be interesting to see how teams ultimately grade him, but we would still expect him to be a top ten pick despite any concerns that will surface.