Manziel No. 1 pick? Kiper thinks so

Would you take Johnny Manziel with the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft?

I’m not saying that’s what the Houston Texas will do with their selection, but ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper has the precocious Manziel at No. 1 on his NFL Mock Draft 1.0.

Kiper wrote that he expects his grades and his mock drafts to change between now and the start of the real draft on May 8. (The NFL moved it from April this year).

Here’s what he wrote about Manziel in the Insider article:

Manziel doesn’t fit the old prototypes of a QB drafted No. 1, and I have concerns about how well he can protect himself given his smaller frame, but he is a magician on the field, and is made for the current NFL. This league protects and welcomes QBs who can improvise, run and make plays beyond the playbook. It’s early, but Manziel is a special player and has the draft process to prove it further.

I love Manziel as a player and competitor, but there are tons of concerns about his size.

He’s 6 foot — and he might not measure that at the combine — the size of Drew Brees and Michael Vick, and 1 inch taller than Russell Wilson, but Manziel can be reckless and tends to unnecessarily place himself in harm’s way.

Wilson is comparable, but likes to stay in the pocket, running only when necessary.

Kiper has the Falcons selecting UCLA LB Anthony Barr with the No. 6 pick.

South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney is projected to go third to the Jaguars, Clemson WR Sammy Watkins fifth to the Raiders and Auburn OT Greg Robinson ninth to the Bills.

In the SEC, Kiper has three Alabama players — LB C.J. Mosley, S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and OT Cyrus Kouandjio — and three Texas A&M players — Manziel, OT Jake Matthews and WR Mike Evans — going in the first round.

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January 22nd, 2014
11:52 am

Manziel reminds me of Michael Vick. On the field and off the field. Blake Bortles has more upside.

Vampire Bill

January 21st, 2014
6:42 pm

I think Murray will sign a contract, be a backup for a couple of years and exit the league with a cool Mil or so in the bank. Hope he see’s the field for a few plays. All the best to you Aaron… I could see him getting into coaching with his work ethic and football intelligence.

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January 20th, 2014
9:07 am

Wrong. Nobody listens to Kiper anyway, he has been soooo wrong on so many picks for too long. Just what are his credentials for claiming to be an expert?????

Tree Rollins

January 19th, 2014
11:34 pm

I say yes he is the number 1 pick. Falcons should trade 5 draft picks including their #1 pick to move up 5 picks and get him. You know, like they did to get Julio!


January 19th, 2014
10:09 pm

January 15th, 2014
4:08 pm
The article makes a good point about current NFL. A QB can get away with a lot if he restricts running and slides when he does. Mansfield would need to tone it down, but if he did he could succeed.


While you’re busy trying to run the east, you might want to run on back to elementary school and polish up those reading comprehension skills.


January 19th, 2014
5:05 pm

Manziel might turn out to be an NFL star but he’s not exactly built to withstand NFL head-hunters salivating at the thought of hitting him. I can’t stand the guy but I have to admit he will help some NFL team get a lot of pre-season PR and sell tickets and paraphernalia and such…and he is exciting to say the least.


January 19th, 2014
2:58 pm

Manziel had NFL level receivers where he could throw the ball up and they would make the catch, some of those receptions were pure luck. An NFL caliber DB will eat that up all day. He has skill and great talent that are similar to Archie Manning. Granted he would be in a much better situation in Houston than Archie was with the Saints. His maturity off the field may not be there yet much like Bret Favre when he was with the Falcons and that’s what will cause his draft stock to drop.

Cypher Dawg

January 18th, 2014
11:49 pm