Greg Cosell, NFL Films producer and widely respected NFL analyst, told Midday 180 radio show in Nashville that he didn’t see any quarterbacks in the 2014 draft worth wasting a top 10 pick on, and that includes Johnny Manziel, who Cosell says almost looked undraftable towards the end of the 2013 season (his comments start at 16:30 mark of the radio link).
“He played two games this year, LSU and Missouri; if those were the first two games you put on and watched, you’d say he was almost undraftable. He was so bad in those two games, that you’d struggle to figure out, ‘can I even draft this guy’?
“I’ve studied him maybe the hardest, because he’s maybe the most polarizing player. As you evaluate and transition him, there is a wide variation in his play. So there is a consistency issue. At times, he’s shown very strong flashes of structured pocket play that clearly projects to the NFL. So I think it will come down to how you balance these issues. He’s much more of a see-it, throw-it quarterback than an anticipation thrower. He’s not really a timing and anticipation thrower on film.”
LSU and Mizzou virtually shut down Manziel and the Aggies’ offense, by far the two worst offensive performances of the season. Manziel combined for 40 of 76 (52.6 percent) for 419 yards, two touchdowns and two INTs in those two games.
So, yeah, if you were to watch those two games only then you would get that feeling, but the beautiful thing about football is there are more than two games, and it’s all about consistency. Not to mention that Manziel was beat plumb up towards the end of the season and obviously dealing with a shoulder and thumb injury. Does he really think two games is enough sample size to justify not spending a top pick on Manziel? By Cosell’s logic, if the Super Bowl was the only game you watched, you’d think Peyton Manning was undraftable, too.
Manziel is largely figured as a top-five pick, and it’s conceivable he won’t get past the Texans (No. 1), Jaguars (No. 3), Browns (No. 4) or the Raiders (No. 5).
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