COMMENTARY | Below is one NFL Draft report on a future quarterback prospect:
"Lacks accuracy and touch on his long throws... Seems more comfortable in the short/intermediate passing attack...Does not possess the ideal height you look for in a pro passer, though his ability to scan the field helps him compensate in this area...Will improvise and run when the passing lanes are clogged, but tends to run through defenders rather than trying to avoid them to prevent unnecessary punishment...
I am not convinced that he will come anywhere close to matching his lofty collegiate figures at the pro level."
Those were once the thoughts of at least one person on former Purdue quarterback Drew Brees.
Brees is officially listed at 6-0 and 209 pounds. The 13-year pro eventually evolved into a pretty decent pocket passer. He has a career completion percentage of just under 66.0, and a career NFL passer rating of 95.3. He's thrown for over 51,000 passing yards and 363 touchdowns.
Oh yeah. The guy has also won a Super Bowl MVP award.
Fans and analysts alike have looked to compare Texas A&M sensation Johnny Manziel to QBs who are or have played in the NFL. Critics of Manziel have likened the 21-year old known as Johnny Football to Tim Tebow, who literally cannot get a job in the NFL as a quarterback at this point. Those with a more optimistic view of Manziel have compared him to Seattle Seahawks starter Russell Wilson.
Manziel drawing comparisons to Wilson isn't unfair. The Seattle star is listed at 5'11 and 206 pounds. He, like Johnny Football, makes plays with his legs and with his arm.
It will be interesting to see where Manziel comes in size-wise in the upcoming NFL Scouting Combine. Multiple knowledgeable individuals I've spoken with about Manziel believe Johnny Football is no taller than Wilson. They also believe Manziel doesn't have the frame possessed by either Brees or Wilson.
This is where I see Manziel having to model himself after Brees if he is to be successful with the Cleveland Browns or with any other NFL franchise. Brees had to learn that putting himself at risk against NFL defensive players would make for a short career. That he did, and he will one day be enshrined in Canton.
Manziel is a great athlete and a great player. He is also very much so a work in progress as it pertains to his playing on Sundays, and that, above anything else, is why the Browns picking the right coaching staff is as vital as it's ever been. Whether it's Manziel, Blake Bortles, Teddy Bridgewater, or some other rookie, the Browns will be molding what is hoped to be a franchise QB of the future beginning this May.
It's still very early into the evaluation process, but I believe a majority of Cleveland fans would love to see Drew Brees 2.0 in brown and orange this coming August.
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