Texas A&M Football: Johnny Manziel not even SEC's best QB

Johnny Manziel not even SEC's best QB

5/3/13 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   407 respect

Johnny Manziel may have won the Heisman Trophy last season as a redshirt freshman, but he’s not the best quarterback in the Southeastern Conference.Blog Photo - Texas A&M Football: Johnny Manziel not even SEC's best QB

In fact, according to Erik Galko of Optimum Scouting, Johnny Football isn’t even the top guy in his division, falling short to a signal caller that threw just 12 touchdown passes in 2012.

“Murray, Mettenberger has more upside,” Galko told me in response to who the SEC’s top quarterback prospect is.

Zach Mettenberger, an upcoming senior for LSU, hasn’t quite lived up to what was once a lot of hype as the “next great quarterback” in Death Valley. At 6-foot-5, 230 pounds and with a cannon for an arm, he was expected to thrive under center for the Tigers and make an immediate impact on the offense.

With some work and more patience in the pocket—and training with new offensive coordinator Cam Cameron—Mettenberger can be the most dangerous deep ball passer in the NCAA.

There’s no one in SEC nation that can match his throwing ability, but it’s just a matter of working out the kinks and finding his stride. There’s no doubt that Mettenberger has all the intangibles to be a first-round pick in next year’s draft.

Aaron Murray is entering his fourth year as the starter for Georgia, having won 28 games already in one of the toughest divisions in the country as a member of the SEC East.

Since his freshman campaign, Murray has significantly improved his game each and every year. He’s become a much better decision maker and has enhanced his performance when under pressure.

Unlike Mettenberger, Murray lacks downfield throwing ability and tends to shorthand receivers on fade routes. An excellent short- to- mid-range passer, he is considered more of a field general than anything.

Either way, both are better NFL prospects than Johnny Manziel at this point—with A.J. McCarron breathing down his back while flashing three rings.

But while Mettenberger, Murray and McCarron only have one final season to show scouts what they’re all about, Manziel has the opportunity to play another three years and potentially develop himself into one of the most highly-touted prospects in the game.

And he'll need those three years to do so.


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5/5/13   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   407 respect

lpheitman wrote:
"Upside" is NEVER a way to rank any player! Who knows what a player's potential is not to mention whether he will live up to it? If that was so, all first round draft picks would go onto long successful careers. Not so! Tyler, RESULTS are what count! Let's see; Heisman, Manning, Davey O'Brien and Consensus All-American awards. Did Mettenberger win those? NO! Tyler, again, it is RESULTS that count in football as well as business. I hired hundreds of people for one of the largest companies in America. Did i look at their “potential” or their past results? RESULTS are what provides insight into what a person will do at the next level. And btw, who is to say what Manziel's upside is?? Or what Murray's upside is?? Some of the best QB's in the NFL do not possess a rocket launcher for an arm. In reality, I admit that we don't know how good Manziel will be in the NFL. No one knew how good Russell Wilson could be. But we do know who the best College football player is right now. And his name is Johnny Manziel. Tyler, stop drinking Erik's "TigerAde". You are making yourself look weak. My advice is to report on what we know now; not on what we speculate. Speculation is a no-win situation unless you want a lot of hits on your articles.

I'll be sure to keep that in mind for the future.

5/5/13   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   407 respect

jcarter1017 wrote:
Johnny's backup last year, Jameill Showers is a better pro prospect than Mettenberger.  As of now (all have time to improve or get worse) here are the wrungs of notable QBs in college as pro prospects

A Class: Manziel (tamu), Bridgewater (lville)
A/B: Boyd (clemson), Mariota (oregon), Miller (ohio st)
B: McCarron (bama), Murray (uga), Showers (utep), Devin Gardner (mich)
C/D: Mettenberger (lsu)

Thanks for the insight.

5/5/13   |   lpheitman

"Upside" is NEVER a way to rank any player! Who knows what a player's potential is not to mention whether he will live up to it? If that was so, all first round draft picks would go onto long successful careers. Not so! Tyler, RESULTS are what count! Let's see; Heisman, Manning, Davey O'Brien and Consensus All-American awards. Did Mettenberger win those? NO! Tyler, again, it is RESULTS that count in football as well as business. I hired hundreds of people for one of the largest companies in America. Did i look at their “potential” or their past results? RESULTS are what provides insight into what a person will do at the next level. And btw, who is to say what Manziel's upside is?? Or what Murray's upside is?? Some of the best QB's in the NFL do not possess a rocket launcher for an arm. In reality, I admit that we don't know how good Manziel will be in the NFL. No one knew how good Russell Wilson could be. But we do know who the best College football player is right now. And his name is Johnny Manziel. Tyler, stop drinking Erik's "TigerAde". You are making yourself look weak. My advice is to report on what we know now; not on what we speculate. Speculation is a no-win situation unless you want a lot of hits on your articles.

5/4/13   |   jcarter1017

Johnny's backup last year, Jameill Showers is a better pro prospect than Mettenberger.  As of now (all have time to improve or get worse) here are the wrungs of notable QBs in college as pro prospects

A Class: Manziel (tamu), Bridgewater (lville)
A/B: Boyd (clemson), Mariota (oregon), Miller (ohio st)
B: McCarron (bama), Murray (uga), Showers (utep), Devin Gardner (mich)
C/D: Mettenberger (lsu)