To the disappointment of many of the Texas A&M academic community, Johnny Manziel will not be returning to College Station to pursue any more classes. The A&M QB is going to pro. Gotta admit - did not see that coming. Thought he would stay to earn his graduate degree, online of course, and play two more years for Coach Sumlin.
Now that Manziel has made himself available for the 2014 NFL Football draft, it's time to undress his abilities and clearly state why he will be a total failure. This is the time when all great players get killed. Manziel will be a first round pick - it's a question of where. As to how good he will be in the pros, who knows?
History says, Johnny Football is a 50/50 shot. At best.
Here is a look at all of the QBs drafted in the first round since 2000. As you can see, there are great, good and complete busts.
Chad Pennington, 18, Jets. Threw for more than 17,000 yards with 102 TDs.
Michael Vick, 1, Falcons. Passed for 21,489 yards with 128 TDs. Reached NFC title game with Falcons.
Carson Palmer, 1, Bengals. 213 TDs. Man can play. Always been on bad teams.
Byron Leftwich, 7, Jaguars 10 year pro who started 50 games.
Kyle Boller, 19, Ravens. Bust.
Rex Grossman, 22, Bears. Oh. God. Did reach Super Bowl.
Eli Manning, 1, Chargers (dealt to NYG). Won 2 Super Bowls.
Philip Rivers, 4, Giants (dealt to SD). Still starting. Reached AFC title game.
Ben Roethlisberger, 11, Steelers. Likely Hall of Famer.
J.P. Losman, 22, Bills. Who?
Alex Smith, 1, 49ers. Reached NFC title game. Took him a while but he’s solid.
Aaron Rodgers, 24, Packers. One of the league’s best.
Jason Campbell, 25, Redskins. Still playing. Nice backup.
Vince Young, 3, Titans. 31-19 as a starter; off field drama pushed him out of the league.
Matt Leinart, 10, Cardinals. Bust
Jay Cutler, 11, Broncos. Weird dude, but he is one of the better QBs today.
JaMarcus Russell, 1, Raiders. Total bust.
Brady Quinn, 22, Browns. Can’t play.
Matt Ryan, 3, Falcons. Had a bad year after reaching NFC title game.
Joe Flacco, 18, Ravens. Won a Super Bowl and lots of playoff games.
Matthew Stafford, 1, Lions. Can play. Still erratic.
Mark Sanchez, 5, Jets. Started out so strong, and now at a cross roads.
Josh Freeman, 17, Bucs. Can’t play.
Sam Bradford, 1, Rams. Shows flashes. He’s on a bad team. But he is part of their problem?
Tim Tebow, 25, Broncos. Bust.
Cam Newton, 1, Panthers. Man can play. Just can’t fly.
Jake Locker, 8, Titans. Probably a career backup.
Blaine Gabbert, 10, Jaguars. Can’t play.
Christian Ponder, 12, Vikings. Career backup.
Andrew Luck, 1, Colts. It’s all there.
Robert Griffin III, 2, Redskins. Suddenly a lot of questions about him.
Ryan Tannehill, 8, Dolphins. Too early to say. He’s played a lot in two years.
Brandon Weeden, 22, Browns. Can’t play.
E.J. Manuel, 16, Bills. Played a lot as a rookie; too early to know.
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