“Johnny Football” as they call him (a trademark of his), stands at six-foot-one. He turns 22 in December.
Over two seasons at Texas A&M, Manziel has delivered incredible stat sheets — the 2012 Heisman winner threw for 7,820 yards and 63 touchdowns. He averaged a 68.9 completion percentage over those two years.
Like Romo, Manziel has a propensity to extend plays with his feet. Over the past two seasons he ran for 2,169 yards along with 30 rushing scores. He averaged 6.3 yards per carry.
In addition to showing fast feet, the 21-year-old has displayed a strong-arm and accuracy on his throws down the field. When called for, the quarterback has proven to stay clam and collected in the pocket — despite having feet as a weapon.
Draft Johnny Manziel. Draft the dual-threat.
Of course, drafting Manziel would mean taking in a high-profile, polarizing figure. But if Dez Bryant was considered a gamble, consider it a success.
There is no reason the Cowboys couldn’t handle him with the likes of Jason Garrett, Wade Wilson, and Tony Romo watching over him.
Laugh if you’d like, but add Dez Bryant as a mentor too. The two, perhaps, could develop into a Troy Aikman to Michael Irvin connection. Who knows?
But if the Dallas Cowboys fail to tailor a quarterback in the near future, the general manager and fans will continue to chase shadows of old success.
Or, at the very least, they’ll continue standing outside waiting for lightning to strike twice.