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Johnny Manziel | Quarterback

Team: Texas A&M Aggies
Age / DOB:  (21) / 12/6/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 200

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Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones said Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel was the highest-rated player on the club's board when Dallas went on the clock for the No. 16 pick.
Dallas decided to ignore their draft board -- and a terribly awkward pairing of Manziel and a lame-duck Tony Romo -- and took Notre Dame offensive lineman Zack Martin instead. "It was too significant for him to be an insurance policy," Jones said Friday, one day after the Browns selected Manziel with No. 22 pick. "There's just too much dynamic here for him, for the franchise, for everybody. That's just too much for insurance, and it's not the usual development guy behind an accomplished quarterback. He's a celebrity. He's Elvis Presley." May 9 - 11:51 PM
Source: ESPN.com

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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones didn't lobby hard to draft Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel with the team's first-round selection, reports NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.

Dallas went with Notre Dame offensive lineman Zack Martin at No. 16 instead. Johnny Football, of course, wound up in Cleveland. Although it was reported Valley Ranch lusted after Manziel, those leaks screamed of a smokescreen to solicit trade offers should the Aggies' star fall. When Martin fell as well, that plan probably lost its luster. Instead, the Eagles were able to land that trade with the Browns.
May 9 - 12:58 AM

Browns coach Mike Pettine said he won't force No. 22 pick Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel into the starting lineup.

He shouldn't feel that he has to. Pettine is trying to show who's in charge, and that's fine, but it would be a shock if Manziel isn't better than Brian Hoyer the day he learns the playbook. And if he isn't, Pettine has more problems than being perceived in a certain way. Expect to see Manziel in Week 1.
May 9 - 12:41 AM

Browns selected Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel with the No. 22 overall pick in the 2014 draft.

The Browns traded up with the Eagles, giving up their 2014 third-round pick. Connected to Manziel longer and more thoroughly than any other team, Cleveland will be pairing Manziel with OC Kyle Shanahan, who was fearless in tailoring his run-heavy offense to Robert Griffin III in Washington. A born playmaker, Manziel (5-foot-11 3/4, 207) made 25 starts in two seasons with the Aggies, posting a 68.9 completion rate and 63:22 TD-to-INT ratio. A dual threat with exceptionally light feet, quick-twitch athleticism and 4.68 speed, Manziel averaged 6.29 YPC with 30 rushing TDs. He scored 32 on the Wonderlic, the best in this year's quarterback class. Manziel is an accurate passer with adequate arm strength and a gunslinger's mentality, though his random, improvisational style will almost certainly have to be reined in. Manziel is a boom-or-bust prospect, but oozes fantasy upside based on his aggressiveness as a passer and rushing potential.
May 8 - 10:52 PM

FOX Sports' Jay Glazer's predicts Johnny Manziel will land with the Cardinals at No. 20.

Glazer explicitly stated that he was guessing. But since he's one of the most plugged-in reports around the league, his opinion is worth listening to. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported earlier Thursday that Manziel is unlikely to fall past the Rams at No. 13. Stay tuned.
May 8 - 7:08 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports that there is a still a "possibility" for Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel at No.8 to the Vikings.

"Johnny Football is still a possibility for Vikings at No. 8. Owners are flying in for a late, pre-draft meeting where the call will be made," Rapoport tweeted. With rumors flying around, that there is potential interest from the Jaguars at No. 3, and the Buccaneers at No.7; it's possible that Manziel could be gone by No.8. With other rumors that Manziel is falling out of the top-10, the Aggies prospect could fall in Minnesota's lap by chance. There is also a possibility that Manziel, Bortles and Bridgewater could all be staring the Vikings brass in the face as well.
May 8 - 4:02 PM

The media in New York are hearing the Jaguars will take Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel at No. 3, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle tweeted on Wednesday.

Tony Pauline is reporting NFL executives say if Manziel goes in the top eight, it will be by "decree of the owner rather than the scouting department or general manager." Perhaps Shahid Khan will take this opportunity to energize Jacksonville's fan base, possibly over the opinion of his top lieutenants, who, at least according to the draft media, might prefer Buffalo OLB Khalil Mack or Clemson WR Sammy Watkins.
May 7 - 10:10 PM

Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel said any QB-needy team that passes on him Thursday will regret it.

"I believe they will, personally," Manziel said. "I know in my heart how good I want to be and how committed I am to this game." The Aggies' star is a little miffed about all the criticism surrounding his style of play. "I see there's room for me to improve, but to say I'm just a backyard-football quarterback, I don't think you do what I did in college and do some of those things [with that style]," he said. "I don't think that's extremely fair. I hear it, but for me, I know it's all about my work ethic and my will to get better. That's very alive and inside me." Manziel will hear his name called on Thursday, but nobody knows exactly where he'll slot in the first round.
Source: ESPN.com
May 7 - 8:45 PM

NFL executives tell draft insider Tony Pauline that if Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel is selected in the first eight picks on Thursday, it will be by "decree of the owner rather than the scouting department or general manager."

"One insider told me the feeling amongst the 32 general managers is the hope Manziel is gone before they are called to the clock so there’s no discussion or distraction of selecting the signal caller," Pauline wrote. "I’m told nowhere is this more apparent than Tampa Bay where owners are pushing for Manziel but wish of head coach Lovie Smith is defensive tackle Aaron Donald." NFL decision makers with a selection near the top of Thursday's first round prefer to wait until the second wave of QB prospects go off the board at the beginning of Day 2, but the only decision maker that matters, in the end, is the dude writing the checks. Get your popcorn ready.
May 7 - 7:52 PM

NFL Network's Alber Breer reports that the "perception" around the league is that the Bucs, Rams, Vikings could be in play for Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel.

"Johnny Manziel is still the guy generating most conversation among execs. Perception around the NFL is Bucs, Rams, Vikings could be in play," Breer tweeted. With reports of the Browns having no interest in selecting Manziel at No.4, the Rams could have interest in moving up from their No.13 pick in the first round. The Bucs could make sense at No.7, having a system in place for a young quarterback to succeed, with a solid defense and running game intact. Even if Vikings coach Mike Zimmer has mentioned some of Manziel's red flags in the past, I'm not sure that the Vikings brass wont be tempted if Manziel is on the board. The Vikings do have a solid running game as well, with Adrian Peterson holding down the fort.
May 7 - 5:34 PM

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger is unsure if Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel will be able to hold up to the punishment of the NFL.

Big Ben believes UCF's Blake Bortles is the best of the QB bunch, though that take might be biased, as Roethlisberger worked with Bortles, the QB that most resembles the Steelers' QB, this offseason. "I was in the weight room the other day with Joey Porter, (and he was) asking me what I thought about Manziel," Roethlisberger said on his radio show. "I looked at Joey and said, 'Joey, do you think if you got a good hit on him, that he would be OK? And he said, 'No, not at all.' And that's my question. You have guys like Joey Porter, who's a big guy, guys that are fast like Troy (Polamalu), Ike Taylor coming off the edge, Lawrence Timmons. You'd better be real athletic, get down or be big."
May 6 - 11:00 PM

FOX Sports' Jay Glazer reports the Browns will bypass Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel with the No. 4 pick.

Glazer emphasized that specific selection, so the Browns are apparently still in play if they can consummate a trade down the board. That doesn't appear to be a likely scenario, however. Glazer also reported that the Raiders won't take Manziel at No. 5. As for Cleveland, they appear set to pass on a QB early but use either the No. 26 or 35 selections on a signal-caller.
May 6 - 8:32 PM

The Cowboys hope Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel falls to them at No. 16 for the purposes of a trade, reports NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport.

Dallas reportedly showed interest in Manziel, with some suggesting a potential marriage if he fell to the middle of the first round. Such rumors weren't feasible, however, with Tony Romo around. "(The Cowboys) would love to be on the clock with Johnny Manziel sitting there, but not to take him. Not to take him," Rapoport said Sunday on NFL Network's "NFL Total Access". "Just so they would have some ammunition for a potential trade for some team wanting to come up and grab Johnny Manziel."
Source: NFL.com
May 5 - 11:02 PM

Johnny Manziel was the "focal point" of the Rams' Friday visit to Texas A&M, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported on Monday's On the Clock.

St. Louis also worked out Jake Matthews and Mike Evans. "Make no mistake, Johnny Manziel was the focal point of their visit to College Station," Mortensen said. "... Manziel, I'm told, aced everything." Mort added that Johnny Football is "very much in the picture" for the Rams, adding that he expects the Browns to take him with the No. 4 pick if St. Louis passes at No. 2.
May 5 - 10:13 PM

SB Nation's Ryan Van Bibber, citing a "reliable source," reports the Rams' interest in Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel is being driven by HC Jeff Fisher and is "genuine."

We've been reading about St. Louis' interest in Manziel for the past few days, and multiple respected sources have confirmed the rumors as legitimate, but Van Bibber's report is intriguing because it specifies the possible genesis of St. Louis' interest, and it does so in a way that adds plausibility to the rumor itself. NFL Films guru Greg Cosell notes similarities between Manziel's playing style and the late Steve McNair, one of Fisher's finest students.
May 5 - 8:13 PM