The whirlwind of possible draft predictions for each team will come to an end in a little over a month. So far, no experts can agree on who will be the number one selection in the upcoming NFL draft.
Many experts began by saying that Johnny Manziel would be the first player selected and now Blake Bortles’ name is being mentioned as the guy who will go number one.
Now, projections say that Manziel could in fact fall into the lap of the Minnesota Vikings with the 8th pick. I for one could not be more excited about the opportunity of adding a young gutsy gunslinger to the Vikings offense.
It really has been quite a headache to keep up with, but that’s the beauty of this year’s draft; it’s loaded with talent.
The Vikings finalized a deal with Matt Cassel a few weeks back and I fully expect him to be the starting quarterback for at least the first four games of the season.
If the Vikings make it a mission to improve the offensive line in the latter part of free agency, drafting Manziel would be a win for a team in desperate need of a franchise quarterback.
Cassel is certainly not a franchise quarterback due to his age, but Manziel certainly could be. Plus, Cassel is a veteran and Manziel could learn a thing or two by sitting out a season to observe Cassel and Norv Turner’s new offense.
If Cassel has a tough year, Manziel could even step in and play without immediate pressure to succeed.
Taking Manziel is a risk for any team because he has a lot of question marks surrounding him. Manziel is a daredevil. He is speedy and is not afraid to lay out his body. This is a no-no in today’s game- just look at what happened to Robert Griffin III the past few seasons. Manziel could get injured early in his career because of his style of play.
Being gutsy can be a good thing. Guys like Fran Tarkenton and Brett Favre took lots of gambles in their NFL career’s and ended up being a few of the games best.
Manziel has the biggest upside of any quarterback in this year’s draft. The Vikings would be fortunate to snag him with the 8th pick.