Prior to the Chik-Fil-A Bowl between Duke and Texas A&M on Tuesday, Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel was projected to be a mid-first round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Manziel has yet to declare his draft status but the quarterback is expected to declare for the NFL in the near future.
On Tuesday, Manziel presumably improved his draft status. Against the Duke defense, Manziel completed 30 of his 38 passes for a total of 382 passing yards to go along with 4 passing touchdowns. Beyond that, Manziel rushed for 73 yards on 11 carries to go along with a rushing touchdown. All together, Manziel’s five-touchdown performance was the main reason why the Aggies were able to come from behind and defeat the Blue Devils 52-48.
After Manziel’s impressive performance on Tuesday, that has led to speculation that the quarterback may go as high as within the top five of the upcoming 2014 NFL Draft.
If that is the case, chances are highly unlikely that the Chicago Bears would be in a position to draft Manziel. The Bears possess the 14th overall selection in the NFL Draft. A selection that could come with Manziel on the draft board if his projections hold true.
If Manziel is on the board when the Bears are on the clock, does Bears general manager Phil Emery pull the trigger on drafting the former Heisman winning quarterback?
The answer may depend on whether or not quarterback Jay Cutler has signed a new contract with the Bears. If Cutler does sign a contract to remain with the team, the Bears certainly will not use their first round draft pick on a quarterback. But if Cutler is not brought back by the Bears, then it could be argued that the Bears greatest need this off-season could be at the quarterback position. As such, it wouldn’t be out of the question to think that the Bears would be interested in Manziel if he were to be available to the team when they draft with the 14th overall selection.
Manziel has his critics but one supporter of his is New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees.
Most importantly, Brees thinks the third-year sophomore who most expect will declare for the NFL after this season has the most necessary of intangibles — the ability to take control of a huddle and lead an NFL offense. When asked if Manziel, who is listed at 6-foot-1, could be a starter at the next level, Brees put it simply: “Yeah, absolutely.”-Drew Brees, Fox Sports
Considering the gripes that some have with Cutler, Manziel may be the leader that said individuals are seeking.