The drama is almost over, or perhaps it might just be the beginning as the NFL draft gets underway on Thursday night. Two questions will be answered. Which player will be the first pick in the draft and which team will select former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel. As rumors continue to fly regarding where the former Heisman Trophy winner goes, Manziel issued a warning on Wednesday, saying teams that pass him up will regret it.
Part of the allure of Johnny Manziel is his confidence on and off the field. He certainly has that confidence entering the draft. Whether he is the first pick or slips down as far as the middle of the first round, the talented quarterback told ESPN that if teams pass him up, they will regret it, saying, “I know in my heart how good I want to be and how committed I am to this game.”
That commitment became headlines when partying became and issue at Texas A&M as NFL teams had concerns on whether Manziel’s head was already too big for the game. Again, the talented NFL prospect shook off those concerns and said teams should know who he is by now and is confident that won’t be a factor comes draft time.
“(Teams) have been getting to know me on a more personal level, and I’ve answered every question, anything they’ve wanted to hear from me – so there’s nothing for me to hide. I don’t think it’s wrong of me to enjoy my life and have fun. But throughout this whole process, I’ve continued to work hard and do that thing I need to do to become a better player.”
Manziel has been linked as a potential target of many teams who need a quarterback. The most logical choices should be the Houston Texans, Cleveland Browns, Oakland Raiders, Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars, but each of those teams are also rumored to take other positional players and take their chances at selecting a quarterback in the later rounds.
He has also been linked to teams who already have franchise quarterbacks in place. The St. Louis Rams, Dallas Cowboys and even the New England Patriots have been linked to Manziel as his talent would be too hard to pass up for even those teams. If one of those teams does get the chance to select Johnny Manziel, he has already made it clear that the teams that passed him up will have to deal with him for years to come.