There is no question. I would draft Johnny Manziel as fast as I cold get him, because he has the ability to do things on the field that can't be coached.
Sure, there is a risk -- the kid known as "Johnny Football" has been somewhat of a wild card but I would rather be wrong and take him than to be wrong and pass on him.
I also said that about Cam Newton when he was coming out of school. When I was in the draft room, my comment was, "God only made one of him."
There are creative intangibles with Manziel that simply cannot be coached. Like Newton, he can run as fast as he needs to. He has the fastest feet I have ever seen on a quarterback and can make plays that no other guy can. His style is a "Backyard" kind of football that has now been accepted by the NFL.
The hesitations with many teams are that they have over-analyzed players. They are looking for negatives. Manziel is probably the most over-analyzed of any player in the draft.
Bottom line: Manziel has the ability to be successful in the NFL if he gets with a coach who understands his ability and let's him make the most of his talents. Struggles will only come if he is forced to change how he plays.
'Live like a Pauper'
Agents are known for getting into the heads of prospects. They say they can teach them to run faster, train better and really, they are just getting as much money out of a kid before they ever make a dollar.
I saw the other day where Teddy Bridgewatter bought his mother a pink Cadillac. I just wanted to call Teddy and say, "You are going about it all wrong. You are one knee injury away. You need to live like a pauper."
Unlike Manziel, who comes from money, the majority of these athletes are coming from no money. The challenge is how they handle new-found money.
It's flattering when somebody tells you you are going to go in the first round. Kids fall for it. Kids leave college and think all the NFL people have all the answers. They forget the four and five years of direction given to them by a college coach. It's the leach in the profession.