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Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Jaworski on Manziel: 'He's a project'

By Mike Wells


Some say former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel has the talent and skills worthy of being taken by the Houston Texans with the No. 1 overall pick in May.

Former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback and current ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski is not one of those people.

Jaworski went on a Philadelphia radio station on Tuesday to give his opinion on Manziel.

Warning, his comments weren't positive about the 2012 Heisman winner.

“Manziel may fall,” Jaworski told WPEN-FM in Philadelphia. “I’m not crazy about him, to be honest with you. I've only looked at five games. I wouldn't take him in the first three rounds. That's my opinion. It's incomplete right now. But he has not done a whole lot to me."

Jaworski appeared on SportsCenter Wednesday morning, talking about Manziel some more.

The Houston Chronicle posted part of the transcript from Jaworski’s appearance.

On his Manziel draft projection
“We have nine weeks to go before the draft actually takes place. I will have looked at all the games that Johnny Manziel has played, so my grade right now is incomplete, but I do not see very many redeeming qualities in his game that project him to be a first-round pick, a second-round pick and, to me, I think he’s a third-round pick and maybe later.”

Reasons for his projections
“There’s a way you have to play the quarterback position in the NFL. Maybe I’m a little bit old school, but I think you have to play the game in the pocket with consistency. The NFL game is about the pre-snap phase of the game, getting in the proper protection, then, when you drop back, reading coverage properly, getting the ball out of your hand early in time with your receiver so when they turn, that ball is there. And it is ball security in the pocket, taking care of the football. It’s mechanics in the pocket: your throwing slot is consistent. And right now, I see Johnny Manziel as a project, a guy that will go down as one of the great collegiate players of all time. I would pay to see Johnny Manziel play in a college game. He’s a great college player, but his game, just in my opinion, does not project to the NFL. He’s a project, and he’s going to have to spend some time working on his game.”

Will his projections change after he watches all of Manziel’s games?
“I don’t see him being elevated to the first round. He will probably move up as I look at more games.”

Should the Texans draft him?
“I can’t advise Bill O’Brien who to take, but I’m certain Bill O’Brien knows what he wants his quarterback to look like. And I actually think they have a quarterback on their roster in Matt Schaub that is the kind of quarterback that Bill O’Brien likes. I think he’s going to say, ‘Hmmm. I like this Schaub guy. He reminds me a little bit of Tom Brady in size and stature,’ maybe not the outstanding consistency of Tom Brady, but you have an experienced, veteran quarterback, you surround him with the right people, I think Matt Schaub can still play a very solid game in the NFL.”