The way Russell Wilson has played the last two seasons has pave the way for Johnny Manziel to be selected in the top ten of the first round. Both quarterbacks has plenty of similarities. Wilson uses his legs to extend the play, has a cleaner image, and takes less risks are the differences between Manziel people has pointed out. Manziel sometimes uses his legs to extend plays, and other half he uses to run for yards. Looking at Wilson and Manziel highlights on Youtube, they play more similar than people think. In college, Manziel has been used as a running back more often than Wilson did in his college playing days. They are not many habits/kinks the Vikings has to change to have their own Russell Wilson. Manziel tends to look for the home run passes instead of passing to the open short routes, which leaves him holding on to the ball too long. Everyone knows, holding onto the ball too long in the NFL results into sacks.Not often, but on occasion Manziel prematurely scrambles out of the pocket when the protection pocket is gradually decreasing. Johnny has taken very little snaps under center. Any pre-reads Manziel has taken through shotgun has to be translated to under center.But Johnny has plenty of positives and the comparisons to Tankerton and Farve are not far off. Johnny has the ability of passing a bullet, which is needed if you need to squeeze the ball in small spaces. Manziel does go through his reads and stays in the pocket when the protection is good. Manziel throws NFL type deep balls, especially the nine routes. Manziel can put the ball on the spot in the deeper routes. He just needs to know when to throw the quick and short routes. In certain situations, the short or quick passes are necessary. The same risks he takes is the probably the same Farve has taken. We all know that is a good and bad thing at the same time. He just has to learn the difference between great risk and bad risk. If Johnny Manziel is drafted by the Vikings, he is in the same situation as Russell Wilson has been. Before Russell Wilson was drafted, Seahawks signed a veteran back up quarterback who is suppose to start and nurture the rookie quarterback to a nice deal. After all the training camps, Wilson beat out Matt Flynn and Flynn was traded to the Raiders. What has Vikings done so far, signing an experienced back up quarterback Matt Cassel to a nice deal, and Vikings is projected to draft Manziel according to Mel Kiper Jr. mock draft is similar to what the Seahawks has done (Bare in mind, mock drafts are not definite as what teams will do). When Wilson was drafted, they were either no holes or very little by the time Wilson took over as quarterback. Wilson came in with a stingy, no nonsense, turnover creating defense that gave the offense more chances to score. Vikings still has holes to fill before Manziel has to take over the Vikings' offense.
Russell Wilson NFL highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zPAnyM0yO4
Johnny Manziel college highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oi0ij3CHjR0
Shorter highlight of Johnny Manziel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LAUgtNtoDE