Johnny Manziel: 4 Must-Know Facts About the NCAA Football Star
After both college and professional football end but before the National Football League draft comes around in May, there’s naturally a lot of speculation as to who will go where and when. Different teams have different needs, and some players, despite what they accomplished in college, won’t be pegged to succeed at the next level — they’ll be too small, not mature enough, etc. The NFL combine is a powerful determinant in these young players’ future, and a good performance could mean millions of dollars earned or lost.
While this year’s class of quarterbacks isn’t the strongest in recent history, it’s relatively deep. Whether it’s Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater — a prototypical NFL quarterback — or the lesser-known Blake Bortles from UCF, teams who want a quarterback will have a decision to make.
And then there’s Johnny Manziel. The second-year quarterback out of Texas A&M is predicted to be a first-round pick: it’s just a matter of when and who will draft him. There’s no doubt that Manziel has talent, but there are also some question marks surrounding him. After some minor indiscretions during his time at College Station, executives wonder if he’s mature enough to lead a team, let alone become the face of an entire franchise.
In terms of ability and drive, Manziel has proven he’s one of the best, but will that translate to the NFL? In his two seasons as an Aggie, “Johnny Football,” as he became known as, regularly made national news (for good and for bad) and was by far one of the most talked-about players in the National Collegiate Athletic Association. For that reason, here are four facts about Johnny Football.