Have you heard enough about Johnny Manziel yet? Well, get ready for more.
According to Rick Gosselin, one of the most well-respected in the NFL media community with dallasnews.com, scouts are saying that the former Heisman Trophy winner isn’t going to get out of the top 12 selections come time for the 2014 NFL Draft.
That is, if he declares.
“I did spend a few weeks talking to NFL types about Manziel. And I came away convinced he’s going to be a Top 12 pick,” Gosselin wrote.
Manziel, along with all other underclassmen, has until January 15th to make his final decision of whether or not he wants to take his game to the next level, and that’s what most people (including his teammates) expect him to do.
Only a redshirt sophomore, Manziel set the nation on fire a year ago when he became the first freshman to ever win the Heisman Trophy. He backed that up with a stellar performance in 2013 at least statistically, though the magic hasn’t been enough to overcome A&M’s deficiencies defensively as much this year.
While the jury is still out on whether or not Manziel can translate to the NFL, there’s no doubt that he’s a polarizing figure who has immense talent. We have him going 8th overall to the Browns in our first full mock draft of the 2014 season.
So why is Manziel considered a top 12 lock? Well, Gosselin says it’s a simple case of supply and demand.
“There’s such a premium on quarterbacks in the NFL, I don’t see Manziel (falling) regardless how he played in his last two games,” Gosselin added. “Too many teams need one. NFL scouts will go all the way back to high school in their research. They will find a dynamic winner who can make plays with his arm or legs and also makes the players around him better.”
This is certainly going to be an exciting story to watch unfold as the 2014 draft season progresses.