ESPN NFL Draft analyst Todd McShay was a guest on The Herd on ESPN Radio on Wednesday and said that he has both Teddy Bridgewater and Blake Bortles rated higher than Johnny Manziel going into this year’s draft.
McShay went on to say that he believes Manziel will need to change the way he plays the game of football if he wants to succeed in the NFL.
“At the end of the day I don’t think you can sustain success from Manziel unless he changes his game. And then the question you have to ask yourself is, is he going to work at it enough, is he going to be in the building long enough each and every day in order to make the changes necessary and can he stay healthy with a slight frame and his style of play,” said McShay.
McShay also stated that Manziel won’t be able to get away with the types of big plays he made in college at the next level.
“…I was blown away by the number of bad decisions that he (Manziel) got away with. The number of balls that he threw up for grabs that Mike Evans came down with and were miracle catches. And all of those throws if you add them up, it’s going to turn into…instead of a thousand yards, it’s going to wind up being six, seven, eight interceptions at the next level. It’s just not going to work,” said McShay.
I totally agree with McShay and I’ve been saying it all year while watching Manziel. He’ll never get away with just throwing the ball up in the air and hoping for a big play. Opposing defensive players in the NFL are too good to give that up.