Dec 31, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) throws the ball against the Duke Blue Devils during the first quarter in the 2013 Chick-fil-a Bowl at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Draft Rumors: Johnny Manziel tops Mike Mayock’s QB rankings


On Monday, the NFL Network’s NFL Media draft analyst, Mike Mayock, released the latest edition of his position-by-position rankings as far as draft eligible prospects are concerned.

Although Mayock ranks every position, quarterback, as it so often does, stands out.

Mayock has Texas A&M Aggies’ signal-caller Johnny Manziel at the top of his list.

Mayock and his colleagues attended Texas A&M’s pro day last week and came away extremely impressed with the way Manziel performed.

Mayock ranks Blake Bortles of the Central Florida Knights, the trendy projection for the Houston Texans to take with the top overall pick in the draft, second. He has Teddy Bridgewater of the Louisville Cardinals third and Fresno State Bulldogs’ quarterback Derek Carr fourth. A.J. McCarron of the Alabama Crimson Tide and Jimmy Garoppolo of the Eastern Illinois Panthers come in in a tie for fifth.

Mayock believes that Manziel has an arm that compares to anyone’s in the draft, including Bortles, and will quickly learn how to play better in the pocket.

Manziel passed for 4,114 yards, 37 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 2013. He rushed for 759 yards and another nine touchdowns.

You can see all of Mayock’s rankings here.

Tags: 2014 NFL Draft A.J. McCarron Blake Bortles Derek Carr Jimmy Garoppolo Johnny Manziel Mike Mayock NFL Draft Rumors Teddy Bridgewater Texas A&M Aggies

  • Deverell King

    I feel like I’m taking crazy pills! Manziel’s ability with his legs doesn’t make up for his decision making and lack of ability to read the defense from within the pocket. I have my top ten QBs ranked like this:

    1. Teddy Bridgewater
    2. Derek Carr
    3. Blake Bortles
    4. Jimmy Garoppolo
    5. Zach Mettenberger
    6. David Fales
    7Johnny Manziel
    8. Aaron Murray
    9. Brett Smith
    10. Tom Savage

    For an explanation of why with video, check out ncaa2nfl.blogspot.com