Thursday, March 27, 2014


Written by: Craig Shelton
Date posted: 3/27/2014

The verdict is finally in, as the most hyped Pro Day of the perceived top three  quarterbacks in the 2014 Draft class has come and gone.   

By most accounts nationally (and regionally) Johnny Manziel's Pro Day, which was hosted in College Station on the campus of Texas A&M University, was a success. Reports have Manziel throwing 64 passes with only 2 hitting the ground. Manziel took snaps under center and took the field in pads and a helmet during his workout. 

For some, there was a bit to much hype made of Manziel greeting scouts and NFL team representatives personally. Outside of a couple additional complaints from a few notable national media personalities that would have preferred to see a couple specific deep routes added to Manziel's workout, the feedback was overwhelmingly positive. 

It should be noted that typically outside of a select minority of regional members of the sports media who have the audacity to think independently of the national sports media, national sports media representatives often set the tone of local opinions and therefore the process of information dissemination to the public. The verdict is still out on whether or not that is a good or bad thing for Houston sports fans. 

The question of how we arrive at a general consensus on what's widely acceptable and deemed socially appropriate to openly speak in terms of what's factual as opposed to what is likely nothing more than "fandum hogwash," has thus far proven to be an elusive diagnosis.

The blurred lines that separate what we should believe, versus what we want to believe, often is what takes the element of fun out of the equation of the relaxation pastime we call sports. The most timely and topical example of this is the consensus in the Houston sports media of placing a draft grade on Johnny Manziel. Most in the Houston sports media have been aggressively vocal in saying anyone who has anything below a first round draft grade on Manziel is "just being ridiculous." 

Personally speaking,  I find the opinions of those in the Houston media who say, "anyone who places a draft grade on Johnny Manziel lower than a first round grade, is just being ridiculous," to be guilty of offering ridiculously poor football analysis, bordering on irresponsible broadcast journalism. 


The important components to remember in arriving at agreeable 

terms on a draft grade worthy of a polarizing prospect the likes of Johnny Manziel, require that evaluators remove the element of "sexy" from the evaluation process. I'm agreeable in saying it's eaiser said than done when the subject is possibly the sexiest NFL quarterback prospect the NFL has experienced, since the Michael Vick draft class. 

It's more critical in evaluating Manziel to rely on a strict diet of trusting history and embracing reality. 

The key in evaluating a prospect like Manziel as a #1 overall NFL draft pick, is understanding the inherent responsibility NOT to get caught in the vortex of irresponsibly emotional fueled analysis, or windmill dunks on Utube. 

If we remove the emotion from the process in evaluating Johnny Manziel and you're able to move forward without the "Johnny Football" awe factor in tow, you may very well find that you wake up and respect yourself more the morning after. 

If you can just trust the enormous amount of NFL data compiled since the merger of the NFL and AFL in 1970, you will find that you have increased your chances of being a good American and a more innocuous citizen.

If it's beyond the reach of your personal character intangibles to achieve the aforementioned recommendations, just remember you risk your soul being haunted by the radio calling trolls commonly known as, #DelusionalVYfanguy (or chick). 

If your process of placing a draft grade on a quarterback with the physical, mental, and football components of Johnny Manziel allow you to grade him higher than a third or fourth round draft grade, remember this:

Merrill Hoge was right on Vince Young after all.

• The Texans got the Mario Williams pick right after all. 

Charlie Casserly was right, you and John McClain were WRONG!

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