Feb 2, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; NFL former player Steve Young on the sidelines prior to Super Bowl XLVIII between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Johnny Manziel could be "The Next Drew Brees," ESPN's Steve Young says


The lead up to the NFL Draft is never short of hyperbole and forced comparisons by pundits. Whether it be television, radio, newspaper, blogs, or even in the comments or on message boards somebody is overreacting about an college football player’s NFL potential.

After ESPN’s Ron Jaworski labelled Johnny Manziel a “third round talent” earlier this offseason, coworker and fellow former NFL quarterback Steve Young went the other way and complimented Manziel perhaps a bit too much. Young made the comparison to Johnny Manziel and undersized pocket passer Drew Brees recently in an interview with Yahoo! Sports.

“He’s the guy that seems to really thrive in chaos,” Young stated. “That’s an innate quality that I don’t see very often. I think Johnny is very improvisational. I think that that’s a fun part of the game. The truth is that in the NFL, the job is to deliver the ball from the pocket. That’s the job. So he’s going to have to transition that.”

“… That’ll be the challenge for Johnny —,” Young continued. “If he’s willing to do the boring work behind the scenes day in and day out, over years, he can be Drew Brees. He can be guys that have moved around in their careers – Aaron Rodgers. Aaron Rodgers could scramble around for 100 yards if he wanted to, but he’s learned the game. That’s what Johnny is going to have to do.”

It is no surprise that Young is high on Manziel’s potential with both players being scrambling quarterbacks who were both at one point knocked for their size and risk taking tendencies, but surely the analyst can come up with a more accurate comparison than “The Next Drew Brees.” Perhaps a comparison to current Niners starter Colin Kaepernick is more of a logical one for the dual threat superstar that is Johnny Football.

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  • Chris Schroeder

    I’ve been saying that since his freshman year before he won the Heisman. See, I knew I wasn’t crazy.

  • Eddie Currie

    LOL! Thanks, I sincerely needed a good laugh today! Oh man, I hope all of these people overhyping John Manziel are able to hold firm in their position once he actually plays in the league. Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers, eh? Wow, haha, just wow! The unfortunate franchise that for some unknown, bewildering reason decides to actually draft John Manziel shall hence forth be known as, “The house that Johnny burnt down.” Trademarked.

  • Eddie Currie

    Comparing a college player in his freshmen season before he performed well enough to be considered a Heisman candidate to a professional athlete who set records in the NFL, won a Superbowl, and helped change the sports culture of an entire city? No no, you’re for sure crazy.

  • trinity

    Go home Steve young, you’re drunk!

  • trinity

    Actually yes. Yes you are crazy.

  • James Schroeder

    Yeah as a matter fact I made that assessment right after he beat Alabama. It was epic. I watched Drew Brees in college and for me it wasn’t a hard comparison even at that point. Their mechanics is almost identical, the way he moves around the pocket and throws on the run with accuracy and precision, defying the odds because of his height. Just glad to see others making the same assessment. Especially a former player like Steve Young. I don’t know why people would say that’s crazy. It was a pretty easy call.

  • Chris Schroeder

    Such negativity. Guess you’re not a Johnny football fan huh? Only time will tell if he lives up to all the hype. People didn’t nickname him Johnny football because he sucks at football though.

  • Eddie Currie

    As far as I’m concerned, there’s only one Johnny Football: Johnny Unitas. How about John Manziel actually does something semi-athletic in an actual NFL game before people crown him and give him a nickname? I bet Ryan Leaf, Tim Couch, JaMarcus Russell, Brady Quinn, etc. all had sweet nicknames in college too! Timmy Football, Brady Football, nice ring to them right? If John Manziel wants a nickname I’ll give him one: Johnny Clownziel, after that ridiculous circus sideshow of a pro day. You’re welcome.

  • Ricky Bobby

    No, TP is a much better comparison to Kap then Manziel is.

  • Rees Britton

    He could also be a nobody… just let him play and then we will figure all that out