Why The Rams Should Consider Drafting Johnny Manziel

Dec 31, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Texas A

Although it is very unlikely that the Rams would draft a quarterback high in the draft, especially in the first round, but with Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel declaring for the draft, it should be something that they consider.

In 2010 the Rams drafted Sam Bradford, and although Bradford hasn’t had a lot of weapons and has had three different offensive coordinators, he hasn’t really been the franchise quarterback that this team was hoping for.

As a Rams fan there has to be something in the back of your mind telling you that Bradford isn’t “the guy”, something telling you that Bradford won’t be the same player coming off of his ACL injury, and something telling you that Bradford has reached his potential and maybe drafting Johnny Manziel wouldn’t be such a bad idea.

Now don’t get me wrong, I believe in Bradford, and will until the Rams put somebody else under center. All I’m saying here is that the Rams should consider drafting a franchise guy to sit behind Bradford for a year to learn the game, and that guy isn’t A.J. McCarron, Tajh Boyd, or Aaron Murray.

Now if Bradford plays well and leads the Rams to the playoffs, that’s great, Manziel becomes perfect trade bait for the 2015 draft, but if Bradford has a disappointing season, Manziel has had time to mature and learn the game, something that could be beneficial.

Manziel not surprisingly declared for the NFL draft on Wednesday, and with that I am saying the Rams should not trade away that number two pick, but instead choose a franchise quarterback, somebody that will for once bring excitement to the franchise.

There is a lot of doubt surrounding Manziel, but taking a look at what he’s done, it’s hard not to be impressed.  He threw for a school-record 4,114 yards and 37 touchdowns,ran for 759 yards and nine scores, and he owns the two best total-yardage seasons in SEC history, breaking Cam Newton’s record last year by posting 5,116 and following it with 4,873 this season.

In two seasons with the Aggies, Manziel threw for 7,820 yards and 63 touchdowns while rushing for 2,169 yards and 30 more scores. This season, he set school records for passing yards and passing touchdowns. In his 26-game career, he set at least 35 school, SEC and NCAA records.

Taking what this kid has done at the college level, winning a Heisman as a freshman, how can you not be impressed?

One of the only downfalls is his size as he is listed at 6’0 210 pounds. What experts tend to forget is, what some players lack in size, they can make up for in talent. Players such as Russell Wilson and Drew Brees who are superstar quarterbacks, yet are under six feet tall.

In no way will Manziel be drafted number one overall, leaving him open for the taking at number two, if Les Snead and Jeff Fisher want to take one of the biggest risks in franchise history, but possibly having a great reward; drafting Manziel may be the way to go.

Drafting Manziel may not be the most popular decision, and could bring in a lot of heat, but there are some players that just have that “it” factor, and Johnny Manziel has “it”, while on the other hand you just get the feeling that Bradford does not.

If leading your team back from a 38-17 deficit in one of the biggest games of the year doesn’t show that you don’t have “it”, I don’t know what does. But if you are still unsure, all you need to do is watch this clip:

Manziel would come in and definitely bring some excitement. Imagine having Manziel and Tavon Austin on the same field, on the same team. What may be underestimated, is that Manziel could make the Rams better contenders in the NFC West.

Both of the top teams in the NFC West, the Seahawks and 49ers have mobile quarterbacks, both of whom are quite successful. The Rams would be able to give the Seahawks and 49ers a little taste of their own medicine and run a little read-option of their own.

With Bradford, the Rams are one-dimensional in the passing game, as Bradford certainly is not a threat to run, Manziel on the other hand can take off and be in the end zone four seconds later. Just adding that running threat completely changes the mindset of a defense.

Drafting Manziel might also make sense for the Rams just for the fact that Jeff Fisher had his best years as an NFL coach with a mobile quarterback in Steve McNair. McNair improvised a lot with his legs and created a lot of plays, something that Manziel is pretty good at doing himself.

Manziel coming to St. Louis would give fans a reason to come watch the Rams play and fill those 1,000 or so consistently empty seats at the Edward Jones Dome. Johnny Football could just save the franchise and keep them in St. Louis.

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  • Ted

    You are a terrible writer.

  • Gary Stewart

    blaine it looks like ted doesnt like you!!!! at least as a writer, oh well, you know i have been fighting the urge to say lets go in another direction at qb and even at 2 it wouldnt make sense to me. now if the rams could pull off a trade down and gather extra picks and he was still there then the it factor wouldnt come at such a high price!! and if manziel sat for a year it wouldnt feel like such a stress on the fans. ive been toying with another idea last year we traded up then down this year i say lets trade down then up!!

    • Gary Stewart

      so we trade from 2 down but still in side the top 7 because i have an elite 4 non qbs in matthews clowney barr and watkins and i have teddy johnny and blake at least in the top 6 selections which in pure math means one of the elite 4 would have to be there at #7 if 3 qbs go earlier than #7. and if those 4 are gone one of the 3 qbs would have to be there and we implement the blaine grisak plan while adding in my book at least another 2 2nds at the very least, and maybe a 2nd and a 1st in 2015!!

      • Gary Stewart

        now if any super picks are still on the board at say #9-11. we toss 1 of the extras from the first trade down and trade up to the top 10. if derek carr gets chosen that would be 4 qbs gone so 4 qbs and 4 elites = 8 so we need 2 surprise picks to get a chance at another elite 4 at #9 and the way the run on tackles went last year it is possible!! could you imagine a top qb and an elite 4 or sticking with bradford getting barr and watkins and still having an extra 2nd rounder or a 2015 1st left for next year!!!GO RAMS!!

    • Blaine Grisak

      Ya you’re always going to have your critics, I know Im not the best, but I don’t think Im terrible. At least I still have loyal readers like you to keep me going. I definitely think we should stick with Bradford, but you do have to consider all options and this just one of about a million options that the Rams have come early May

      • Gary Stewart

        i actually had a guy post a comment about my use of the word we when talking about my rams i told him i refer to them as we because i feel like they are my team ive been a ram fan for 50 years i have a dog in the fight as they say and btw he had no comment about what the team could do to improve who they should draft or any constructive critism regarding my ideas or anyone else for that matter just bitched about my use of the word we.

        • Gary Stewart

          it truly was funny soriano actually stuck up for me telling him not to crush me i said thanks joe i was feeling sooooo crushed lol

  • Joe Domingo

    Interesting draft idea but as much as he is a very talented young player, the problem I have with him is he is a young player who acts entitled. The worst thing that could have happened to him was to win the Heisman which appears to have boosted an ego that was already bursting at the seams. Lying to Archie Manning and his own mom about the night prior to the Manning camp did not help and taunting the Rice players while leading big does not reflect the actions of a mature person. Right now I envision how easily he can become a cancer to his team, in the mold of TO, Moss and to a lesser extent Ochocinco. The other issue I have is Kaepernick, Wilson and RGIII do not seem as difficult to defend in their second year of play and they all looked unstoppable last year. NFL DC’s will figure him out too and unlike college, every defender in the NFL is just as fast. Tavon Austin found out how difficult it was to get open in the NFL versus at WVU. Thanks for the article Blaine.

  • Zachery Klausman

    No way my dude! and Gary you’re in love with Barr aren’t you? I’m not to sold on him. We need to trade down fellas! Get that extra 2015 pick and continue to stack it We need to give Bradford another year at least with a good offensive line! If we continue to build that 2nd 1st round pick we will have some edge to attempt to move up to a 1 or 2 spot and draft best QB available. Next years QB’s look a lot better especially if Winston comes out and Mariota I’m not sold on Hundly though. The Rams having that option to move up with 2 first round picks is a massive to teams who could possibly be in a rebuild mode or believe they have their QBs in place already.

  • Beer O’Clock

    Well, Blaine, I don’t think you’re terrible.

    But, I would like to have some of that stuff you’re smoking.

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