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TFD: Johnny Manziel is either a prima donna or a top prospect, draft experts say

Posted by: Michael Rand under Professional football Updated: February 17, 2014 - 5:02 PM

 

Two NFL draft "experts" (we use quotes not because these guys aren't learned, but because being an expert in guessing is difficult to fathom) released reports today with greatly diverging messages about QB Johnny Manziel.

 

Mike Mayock of NFL Network simply released his top 5 prospects at each position; Manziel was No. 2 in his book behind Teddy Bridgewater and ahead of Blake Bortles. There was no other comment aside from that.

So that's one approach to Manziel and this draft.

Nolan Nawrocki, who works for NFL Media, the same heading as Mayock's byline, has a much different approach. He has a list of his biggest red flags in this year's draft, led by Manziel. He has this to say about the Texas A&M QB:

Suspect intangibles -- not a leader by example or known to inspire by his words. Carries a sense of entitlement and prima-donna arrogance seeking out the bright lights of Hollywood. Is known to party too much and is drawn to all the trappings of the game. ... Has defied the odds and proven to be a great college-system quarterback, but still must prove he is willing to work to be great, adjust his hard-partying, Hollywood lifestyle and be able to inspire his teammates by more than his playmaking ability.

If those "suspect intangibles" allow him to still be there at No. 8, it would be a beautiful thing.

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