NFL Draft 2014: Nolan Nawrocki's Annual "Character" Salvo Hits Johnny Manziel
Now, in an article where nfl.com is outlining the "most controversial" draft prospects, Nawrocki comes out firing on Johnny Football with the standard cadre of "get off my lawn"-type concerns about Manziel's perceived thirst for the spotlight:
Nawrocki's take: 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.
(NOTE: If you'd like to read Nawrocki's entire draft profile on Manziel, both positives and negatives, you can check out the full profile here, but be forewarned. If you roll your eyes at the overly nitpicky, job-justifying minutiae of draft experts, there is plenty of cringeworthy stuff in here, highlighted by Nawrocki's contention that Manziel has "very big feet that almost look clumsy," as if he was clomping around through SEC defenses wearing huge floppy shoes like Bozo the Clown. Seriously, very big feet?)
My favorite "middle aged white guy" sounding part of Nawrocki's character assassination of Manziel is the multiple instances of the word "Hollywood." It almost sounds like my uncle who used to lament how much the old University of Miami teams were "shuckin' and jivin'" when they would celebrate touchdowns back in the late 80's.
Also, there's something patently absurd about Johnny Manziel being included on a list of "controversial" or "risky" prospects that also includes LSU running back Jeremy Hill. You remember Hill, right?
Also worth noting that Hill has other priors that, thankfully, are not uploaded to YouTube anywhere.
Seriously, plunking Manziel onto a list with this guy is like sending a kid to Huntsville for an underage drinking citation. Johnny Manziel and Jeremy Hill? Really, Nawrocki? Really?!?
If Nawrocki's accuracy (or lack thereof) on his assessment of Newton is any sort of barometer, the Texans should just go ahead, send the card with Manziel's name on it up to Roger Goodell today, and the league can start the draft on May 8 with second overall pick.
Things seemed to work out all right for that Newton guy.