Nov 2, 2013; College Station, TX, USA; Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) runs with the ball during the second quarter against the UTEP Miners at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Jeff Saturday: SEC competition helps Johnny Manziel's transition to NFL


Former Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel may be the most dissected NFL draft prospect since former Florida Gator and fellow Heisman trophy winning quarterback Tim Tebow. But where he failed at the next level, Manziel has many more supporters, including former Pro Bowl center Jeff Saturday who envisions a nice transition to the NFL.

“He makes a lot of plays against good players that you’re going to see on Sundays. So it’s not like he’s going to be that shocked (by) talent when he moves from the SEC to the NFL,” Saturday told The Herd on ESPN radio. “A lot of those guys from the SEC are going to be first-round picks, and in a few years are going to develop into great players. There’s not going to be the learning curve that everybody expects.”

The SEC is widely considered the best conference in college football and the record number of players drafted from that conference would echo Saturday’s comments that it won’t be as jarring up a leap in competition as if Manziel was coming from a small school in a non-power conference.

Manziel has been mentioned as a potential No. 1 pick to the Houston Texans who could take the Kerrville, Texas native over other quarterbacks Teddy Bridgewater and Blake Bortles who are competing to be the first quarterback taken in May’s draft.

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