Cosell: Manziel 'almost undraftable'

Cosell: Manziel 'almost undraftable'
February 13, 2014, 11:30 am
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Texans fans beating the drum for the team to skip a quarterback and take South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney with the first overall pick in the NFL Draft in May might have a respected voice backing up their wishes. NFL Films producer Greg Cosell went on the Midday 180 program (Manziel comments are in the last quarter of the interview) in Nashville and said he didn’t think any quarterback coming out this year would be worth a top pick in normal draft years.

Cosell was particularly harsh in his criticism of Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, calling him ‘almost undraftable’ based on his film in his final two regular season games in 2013 against LSU and Missouri.

“If those were the first two games you put on and watched, you'd say he was almost undraftable," Cosell said. "He was so bad in those two games, that you'd struggle to figure out, can I even draft this guy?"

Manziel went 40-76 passing combined in both those games for 419 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. He also rushed for 75 yards on 23 carries. Texas A&M lost both of the games to close out the regular season, then rebounded with a wild comeback win over Duke in the Chick-fil-A Bowl in which Manziel threw for 382 yards and four touchdowns.

“At times, he's shown very strong flashes of structured pocket play that clearly projects to the NFL,” Cosell said. “So I think it will come down to how you balance these issues. He's much more of a see-it, throw-it quarterback than an anticipation thrower. He's not really a timing and anticipation thrower on film."