I don’t know that I’ve ever spent more time on a scouting report than I did with Johnny Manziel’s this offseason. (His, Cam Newton’s and Tim Tebow’s are among the longest I’ve ever written.) I wound up watching 10 of his game tapes from this season (Sam Houston State, SMU and UTEP games were the only omissions), in addition to six from 2012, and spent way more time than normal looking at his NFL comparisons, studying his background by talking to scouts, coaches and players, and rewriting and condensing the report.
It is difficult to explain Manziel’s unique strengths and weaknesses. He is the face of this year’s draft class for a reason, and not just because of the fascination many have had with his life off the field. It’s unusual for there to be such a wide range of opinions about one player. When I talk to people in the league, some love him and some wouldn’t even think about drafting him in the first round.
Ahead of his pro day on March 27, I decided to break out the scouting report (which you can find in its entirety in our Draft Tracker) and go section by section on how he grades out in the traits I evaluate for every QB prospect, along with my conclusion at the end.