Johnny Manziel wasn’t projected as a top-five pick in the 2014 NFL draft during the 2013 college football season when he tried to repeat as the Heisman Trophy winner with the Texas A&M Aggies, but after wrapping up the scouting combine this week, it appears that he’s a lock to be gone in the top five.
There are four teams with picks in the top five who could be looking at drafting a quarterback beginning with the Houston Texans who own the first overall selection, but he the Texans pass on Manziel, he may not have to wait much longer after impressing the Jacksonville Jaguars who own the third pick.
The Jaguars knew what to expect of the 2012 Heisman winner, but what he did during the interview process is what may be what sells the team on drafting the quarterback when he shook the hand of team owner, team VP, head coach Gus Bradley, offensive coordinator Jeff Fisch and general manager David Caldwell and looked them in the eye and introduced himself.
“That was impressive,” Caldwell said. “He did a really nice job in there. He was prepared for the interview, very prepared.”
The Jaguars weren’t the only team to come away with that impression as the Oakland Raiders who own the fifth pick came away impressed by how Manziel carried himself in their interview.
Manziel may not be the first overall selection, but it’s looking like a safe bet to say he’ll be off the board inside the top five and perhaps the top three if Jacksonville pulls the trigger on the football player formerly known as Johnny Football.