Will the Dallas Cowboys end up with a Heisman Trophy winner at quarterback in the near future?
Maybe, but this won’t happen until 2015 at the earliest.
With some four months remaining until the 2014 NFL Draft, there’s already more than a buzz being created about 2012 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel landing with the Cowboys.
For starters, Manziel isn’t likely to be available when Dallas goes on the clock in Round 1 come May. Prior to this year’s predraft process, which includes numerous events and evaluation procedures, Manziel is believed to be a top 10 pick. With Dallas slated to choose either 16th or 17th, depending on a coming coin toss with the Baltimore Ravens, one would think that the Cowboys won’t be in ideal position to select Manziel.
I’m in a different camp concerning the availability of Johnny Football, at least where America’s Team is concerned.
I think that Manziel will be highly inactive during most or all of the predraft festivities. He’s too young for the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama later this month—even if eligible, there’s no reason for him to take part. Manziel won’t do much, if anything, at the NFL Scouting Combine in February either.
Because of Manziel’s current position as the most talked about and potentially most marketable quarterback heading towards the NFL, I think he’ll be scrutinized as heavily as any college football player in recent memory. Due to this certainty, I think some wrinkles will emerge surrounding Manziel that could very well drop him into the middle of the first round or later.
Manziel isn’t very tall and his arm strength is going to be marginal for the NFL. This doesn’t mean he won’t be a good quarterback at the next level, or even a great one. However, NFL scouts from all over the league will be paying close attention to these apparent weaknesses.
Should the Cowboys grab Manziel if he’s available?
What Dallas should do right now is start trying to position itself, however possible, for another Heisman Trophy winning quarterback—the one who just won a BCS National Championship at Florida State.
Chances are you’re getting more and more familiar with the name Jameis Winston, winner of the 2013 Heisman Trophy. Winston follows the footsteps of Manziel in becoming the second freshman ever to win college football’s most prestigious award.
If you do some research on Winston, such as watching his locker room demeanor, you’ll notice immediately that he possesses leadership skills that seem to be well beyond his age and experience. You’re also likely to agree that his skill set as a passer is superior to that of his Texas A&M counterpart.