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QB Johnny Manziel – Scouting Report

Blog by / @DFRDaleMason


Name:  Johnny Manziel

School / Player Number:  Texas A&M, #2

Position:  QB

Ht:  5’11 3/4”

Wt:  207lbs

Position Rank:  5

Overall Rank:

Daily Football Report Grade – Late 2nd Round/Early 3rd Round

NFL Projected Round – 1st Round

NFL Projection – Solid Starter

High School Career

High School –  Tivy High School, Kerrville, TX

Accomplishments – Parade All-American; National High School Coach Association Football Player of the Year; Texas AP Sports Editors Player of the Year; District 28-4A MVP; Class 4A 1st Team All-State; All-San Antonio Area POY as a junior; District 27-4A MVP as a junior.

Statistics – Senior – 65.7% comp., 3,609 yards passing, 45 TDs, 5 int; 1,674 rushing yards,, 30 TDs; 1 KO ret TD, 1 TD reception.

Junior – 218 out of 356 comp., 2,903 yards, 19 TDs, 5 int.;1,544 rushing yards, 34 TDs; 5 rec for 152 yards, 2 TD.

Sophomore – 59 of 88 comp., 922 yards, 10 TDs, 0 int; 717 rushing yards, 12 TDs; 19 rec for 357 yards, 1 TD.

Rankings – Rivals #14 QB, 3 star; Scout #22 QB, 3 star; ESPNU #39, 3 star; MaxPreps #12 Combo QB, 3 stars; 247sports #9 dual QB, 4 stars

Notable Scholarship Offers – Texas A&M, Baylor, Oregon, Stanford, Iowa State

Comments – Manziel was highly regarded coming out of high school but ranked much lower than guys like Braxton Miller, Jeff Driskel, Brett Hundley, Teddy Bridgewater, J.W. Walsh and Marcus Mariota.  David Ash was more highly ranked than Manziel which may have been a reason why the Texas Longhorns did not offer the instate Manziel.  Originally considered going to Oregon ending up at College Station.

Collegiate Career

2011 – Freshman.  Early enrollee at Texas A&M before redshirting.

2012 – RS Frosh. Enjoyed tremendous success winning Heisman Trophy after passing for 3,706 yards and 26 TDs w/only 9 int.  Also rushed for 1,410 yards and 21 add’l TDs.  Ultimate dual threat.  Completed 295 out of 434 passes.  Delivered numerous big games particularly versus Alabama and Oklahoma in two biggest games of the season.  Won MVP of Cotton BowlConsensus 1st Team All-American, SEC Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year, Davey O’Brien Winner, Maxwell Award Finalist.

2013 – RS Sophomore.  Started every contest for second consecutive season.  Completed 70% of his passes for 4,114 yards and 37 TDs with 13 int.  Averaged 316 yards per game passing.  Rushed for another 759 yards and 9 TDs.  Made strides as a passer from freshman season.  Heisman Finalist.  Second Team All-American, First Team All-SEC.  Elected to forego final two years of eligibility to enter NFL Draft.

NFL Skill Set Scouting Report

Size/Speed: Undersized, lacks height and strength; Frail build; Big hands; Good, not great speed, more quick than fast.
Arm Strength: Very good arm; Lacks elite arm strength but can make all the throws; Will force ball at times.
Accuracy – Short: Accurate in short-intermediate range; Hits receivers in stride displaying good timing and ball placement.
Accuracy – Long: Inconsistent, was helped out a great deal by receivers; Will tend to throw ball up for grab at times; Makes awkward throws downfield, doesn’t always set correctly and throws off of back foot.
Mobility: Tremendous mobility; Good pocket awareness; Outstanding ability to extend plays; Will step up at times (inconsistent) but also has ability to get outside pocket and make plays on the run.
Throw on the Run: Tremendous vision; Sees field well; throws well on the run; Ability to find open receivers down field; Doesn’t just tuck and run, will still see the field and look to find receiver.
Reading Defenses: Still learning; Did not consistently read thru progressions; Forced ball at times, relied too much on arm strength or receiver to bail him out; Played more “sandlot” type of game than in structured pro offense.
Technique: Inconsistent; Does not consistently step up and will take off out of pocket too quickly at times; Has played almost exclusively in shotgun vs under center; Footwork is not consistent, “happy” feet at times.
Release: Nice release, gets rid of ball quickly; Smooth delivery and motion.
Decision Making: Inconsistent, gunslinger mentality; Tremendous confidence in himself resulting in forcing action or throwing ill-advised throws at time; Will tend to run too often or feel pass rush that isn’t there yet.
Leadership/Competitiveness: Tough, fierce competitor; Leads by example on field with toughness and poise; Questionable leadership off the field; Will do whatever it takes on the field to win.
Durability: Has proven to be very durable, starting every game in his two years.


2014 Combine

40 yd dash

Arm Length

Vertical jump

Broad jump


31 3/8’’

31 ½’’


Short Shuttle


Bench press



9 7/8’’



2014 Pro Day

40 yd dash

10 yd dash

Vertical jump

Broad jump


Short Shuttle

20 yd dash

Bench press


Summary:  Manziel is a highly decorated, publicized player that has received more national attention than just about any other player outside of Tim Tebow, in recent memory.  With Manziel comes a media circus, there is no way around it.  As a player there is much to like.  Manziel’s ability to improvise, extend plays and make things happen is as good as anyone.  He can do things on the field others cannot.  There is risk however.  His size is a concern.  No, he is not similar to Russell Wilson who is much bigger and stronger physically.  They may be the same height but their body types are much different.  Manziel has the arm strength needed and play making ability to excel.  His off the field issues are a concern (he was arrested in 2011) and his reputation for partying.  I don’t envision Manziel changing to develop into a Manning or Brady style of QB, it’s just not who he is.  Whichever team drafts him will need to implement an offense suited to his skill set with a moving pocket.  Is similar to Frank Tarkenton or Jim Zorn more so than Wilson.  Let’s not overlook how productive this kid has been in the SEC the past two seasons.  I believe he can play at the next level but I would be cautious about investing a top ten pick on him.  There are too many flags for my liking not least of which is the offense he played in was not conducive to the professional game.  I like Manziel but do see a couple red flags that temper my enthusiasm.  I would be more comfortable taking him in the 2nd or early 3rd round, at the earliest.