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.

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truthsense
truthsense

The foundation of the article seems artificial. The implication is that Nolan Nawrocki is racist, and yet half the article is about how he holds Johnny Manziel to the same standard he held Cam Newton or Geno Smith?  Isn't Johnny Manziel white?

Puller58
Puller58

Frankly, you can view Manziel as either a smaller Jim McMahon or a combination of Doug Flutie and Joe Namath.  Granted, Namath and Ken Stabler won Super Bowls despite their off the field antics, but Johnny Football is simply not a great gamble especially when he dares the Texans to draft him or get beat by him twice a year.  Sorry son, but your mouth is bigger than your game.

buttermilque
buttermilque

Why are you contributing to the pro-Manziel hype? more page hits, I suppose? Thankfully, a voice of reason, Mike Mayock (who knows his s**t), has surfaced and ranked Bridgewater above Manziel. If you think "he just wins" or "he's a leader" or "he's a Texas kid" is reason enough to draft Manziel, then go ahead. But be prepared for a bumpy, disappointing ride. I'd much rather have a QB like Bridgewater – a QB who ran a multiple-read pro-style offense, was his own defacto OC and actually understands and employs a playbook. a QB whose first instinct isn't to freelance and get ear-holed. Nitpick the language all you want, but Hollywood is an accurate description of a guy like Manziel. Look at the evidence – he's already run what is essentially an advertorial, under the guise of a McClain column, in the Chron Sports page this weekend. One more thing, if the Texans are stupid enough to draft an entitled punk kid like Manziel – who basically threatened the entire organization – out of fear that he will come back to haunt them, then they've got bigger problems than who to start at QB.

Puller58
Puller58

@buttermilque The one thing that might keep Manziel off the Texans' roster is Bob McNair's open desire to have Clowney.  (My guess is McNair thinks Case Keenum might improve with the likes of Gary Kubiak gone.)  I see Manziel as a circus that will end about like Tim Tebow's.

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