NFL Draft Rumors: Jaguars to take Johnny Manziel at No. 3?

May 7, 2014 – 10:20 am by Ryan Phillips
    Johnny Manziel

As we’ve said before, now that we’re close to the start of the 2014 NFL Draft, rumors are going to start running wild. The latest on Wednesday morning suggests that the Jacksonville Jaguars could surprise everyone on Thursday and select Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel with the third overall pick.

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle claims that “word’s spreading among media” in New York that the Jaguars will snag Manziel at No. 3. Conventional wisdom had the Jaguars taking Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack or Clemson wideout Sammy Watkins at that spot.

But it shouldn’t surprise anyone that the Jags are interested in taking a quarterback. The franchise has been crippled by the awful decision to take Blaine Gabbert in 2011, and the team’s current starting quarterback is Chad Henne.

The Jaguars traded up six spots to take Gabbert 10th overall during the 2011 NFL Draft, surrendering the 16th overall pick and a second-round pick to the Washington Redskins to do so. Gabbert is now eating up a roster spot on the San Francisco 49ers, and boasts a career quarterback rating of 66.4. He’s been a horrific bust.

By trading Gabbert away, the Jags opened a spot on their roster. They certainly need a young quarterback to develop behind Henne, but most expected them to address that need on the second day of the draft. But, frankly, if they really love Manziel they should dive in and grab him while they have the chance.

I’m not incredibly high on Manziel, as his footwork and mechanics are atrocious and could need years of work to iron out. But he undoubtedly has the innate ability to make plays and provide excitement, and Jacksonville is easily the NFL’s least-exciting franchise.

Manziel might be exactly what the Jaguars need right now.

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  1. 4 Responses to “NFL Draft Rumors: Jaguars to take Johnny Manziel at No. 3?”

  2. I love it when “experts” bash potentials draftees based on such mind-boggling fundamentals as footwork. The annals of sports history are riddled with examples of superstars that did everything wrong–except win. You can’t measure heart, determination or toughness, three things JM has in spades. THAT makes him a team player and a rare catch.

    By Agdoc on May 7, 2014

  3. So you’re saying a guy with awful footwork and mechanics who won in college is destined to be great in the pros? I’d like to introduce you to Tim Tebow.

    And Manziel lost six games in two years at Texas A&M, it’s not like he won a national title.

    I’m not comparing him to Tebow, he’s better than that. But he does have a lot of things to work on mechanically. He doesn’t use his lower-half on his throws and drops his arm too much and often goes sidearm, which leads to errant throws and under-thrown balls. He also hops when he throws a lot, which takes a ton of velocity off the ball. He could get away with that in college, he won’t in the pros.

    On top of all of that, he makes his reads a bit late because he’s often looking to make plays with his feet. At the next level he’ll need to rein that in and not wait for guys to get open, he needs to anticipate where they will be. He didn’t show he could do that consistently in college.

    He will have the opportunity to get better, but there is a lot of work to do.

    By Ryan Phillips on May 7, 2014

  4. Tebow “won” in the pros, mgmt. just didn’t like how he did it. Also, please don’t give me the bull about his passing or overall game being inferior. His stats are better than many QB’s on NFL rosters and his winning % better than most. Tebow’s challenge is he wins but in an unorthodox way……….and those in the know (like you) just can’t get comfortable with that. And one other thing, he has been able to reach a level of class that few people ever see, and because of that, players, coaches and fans feel a need to bring him down a few notches.

    By John East on May 7, 2014

  5. Tebow’s stats are better than QBs on current NFL rosters? Um, false.

    He’s a great kid, but there’s a reason no one has picked him up, he completed 47.9 percent of his passes in the NFL. An NFL offense can’t operate like that. If not for Denver’s defense turning into an elite unit during the season he was the starter, it’s highly unlikely they would have made the playoffs.

    By Ryan Phillips on May 7, 2014

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