Johnny Manziel played only two seasons at Texas A&M before declaring for the 2014 NFL Draft, foregoing his final two seasons with the Aggies. Regardless of his relative inexperience, Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell told reporters at his pre-draft press conference on Friday that Manziel is the most NFL ready of the quarterback prospects in the draft class.
While Caldwell admitted that the majority of the quarterback prospects won't be ready to step in and play right away, he singled out Manziel as the possible exception.
"Johnny would probably be the one guy you could plug in there sooner rather than later just because his style of play isn't going to change much from Year 1 to Year 2," Caldwell said (via Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union).
Manziel, 21, won the Heisman Trophy as a freshman at Texas A&M and was a finalist for the award as a sophomore. In two seasons, he accumulated 63 touchdown passes with 22 interceptions in two seasons, in addition to 30 rushing touchdowns.
BCC's Hank Jones graded Manziel as a day one selection, although he listed composure in the pocket, lower body mechanics and taking the small play as areas the Texas A&M passer needs to improve at:
I came away much more impressed with Manziel than I anticipated I would be. The concerns on him are obvious: He has a unique style that is not a lock to translate to the NFL. He has a thin frame that makes him subject to large hits and durability concerns, and he has less than prototypical height. And the biggest question of them all, can he consistently win from the pocket as an NFL quarterback?
In the latest mock draft from SB Nation's Dan Kadar, Manziel is slated to be picked with the No. 5 selection by the Oakland Raiders.