Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel has been the most talked about college athlete over the past two years. Manziel led the Aggies to a 9-4 record, going 4-4 in a very competitive Southeastern Conference (SEC). Now the former Heisman trophy winner has declared for the draft, the question is, how would Johnny "Football" look playing for Gang Green?
Manziel has already shown that he has a little Joe Willie Namath in him, with all of his off the field escapades. The fairly short sophomore was absolutely electric in his two collegiate seasons. Manziel was impressive from start to finish of his collegiate career, as he closed his career with an impressive performance in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, defeating a stout Duke defense.
Manziel would be beneficial as a Jet for numerous reasons. The New York media market would love him. Jersey and ticket sells would soar. Johnny Football would be an instant upgrade from any of the quarterbacks on the Jets' roster. However, the thought of Manziel coming to New York is just that, a thought.
Former Jets quarterback Brett Favre recently said he thinks Manziel may be a young Brett Favre. I don't think Jets fans are salivating at the thought of having another Favre, after the way things went in his short stint in New York.
After the quarterback controversies of Tim Tebow, Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith, one would think New York would try and avoid Manziel. Rather than focus on changing the signal-caller again, the Jets need to use their cap room and draft picks to put playmakers on the offensive side of the ball. New York has a chance to take a top wide receiver like Marqise Lee out of USC or a tight end like Eric Ebron from North Carolina.
With all that said, the biggest reason why Manziel won't be playing for Gang Green is because he won't be there for them to draft him. The Jets have the No. 18 pick and Manziel has been rumored to possibly go No. 1 overall to Houston. The only way New York will have a shot at drafting him is if it can work out a deal in order to move up in the draft. A move like this most likely will consist of the Jets giving up multiple draft picks; and that's not happening. Jets general manager John Idzik likes to build through the draft, and having an abundant amount of picks, they need to focus on surrounding quarterback Geno Smith with weapons.