Johnny has the athletic ability, instincts and football intelligence that few
players possess. He is an impact player with excellent leadership skills to make
the players around him better. He has a good arm and is very accurate both from
the pocket and on the move. He has the ability to change release points in his
delivery and still throw accurately down the field. He can make all the throws
for the next level. Johnny has excellent feel for pocket pressure and will slide
inside the pocket as well as break pocket containment and gain needed yardage.
His quickness when running and his unique ability to see the whole field as he
runs makes him dangerous to bring down in the open field. He is very smart and
if you believe a person can have a photographic memory, I suspect Johnny may
possess this natural ability also. Johnny has quick feet and can play in any
style of offense, but I believe a pro spread offense will fit him the best and
make the best use of his athletic abilities. Johnny works well when others are
in a panic. He is physically and mentally tough and is much stronger than he
looks. There may be bigger quarterbacks in this draft but truthfully there are
none that are better. I call him Johnny (Havoc) Manziel because he works best
when chaos is all around him.
Johnny has a competitive nature that most people do not have. It is a gift and a
curse and he needs to continue to control it like he has so far this year. He
will throw the ball up at times trying to make a play so multiple interceptions
in a game will happen, but remember, no matter how many interceptions he throws
in a game your team will never be out of that game until itís all over. His size
is worrisome for the next level because of his lack of bulk and injuries are a
concern. He lacks the velocity on his ball that some cold weather teams will be
concerned about. But the truth is, Johnny will adapt his play to any weather
condition because he is smart.
Is Johnny one of the best quarterbacks in this draft? The answer for me is yes.
The most intriguing talent that I see in Johnny is his ability to adjust during
a game to what is happening on the field. His ability to make 1st downs on third
and long in the passing game is excellent. His ability to score touchdowns in
the red zone is terrific as well. Johnnyís ability to make a franchise throw
under pressure with accuracy is unusual and his ability to out think a defensive
coordinator when he is shown a defense during a game that he hasnít seen in film
study is the football maturity most players do not possess coming out of
college. He thrives on a challenge and never feels overwhelmed in any situation.
Johnny reminds me a lot of Doug Flutie with a Brett Favre gunslinger attitude to
his play. The team that drafts him would be smart to hire his head coach also
because Johnny respects him and that will be the key to Johnnyís success at the
next levelÖ.respect of his coaches. This kid will eat a weak coach up for
breakfast if he doesnít respect him because he has no patience for stupidity
when it comes to coaching. He is an excellent teammate and understands how to
read people and get the most out of their talents. Johnny is a natural leader
because he is two steps ahead of everyone in his thinking process. You can fool
this kid once but he has the street smarts, instincts, athletic talent, football
intelligence and competitive spirit not to be fooled twice. Go ahead and
downgrade him because of his size, I dare you, and so does Johnny.