Ron Jaworski isn t alone on the NFL Matchup set
ESPN s Merril Hoge offered his own analysis on Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel s pro prospects, and his views are very much in line with those of his television cohort.
I see bust written all over him, Hoge said in a television appearance Wednesday. Especially if he s drafted in the first round.
Hoge singled out Johnny Football s lack of pocket presence as his biggest weaknesses heading into the NFL draft in May.
He has absolutely no instinct or feel for pocket awareness, the former Steelers running back added. He has an instinct to run. That s a bad instinct if you re going to have that in the National Football League. You have to play in the pocket with traffic around you and throw it. When traffic comes around him he runs, and that s dangerous in the National Football League.
Hoge brings up a good point. The 5-foot-11, 207-pound Manziel might not be able to withstand the beating he could take at the pro level if he continues to run at the first sign of pressure. And, really, that s what teams are drafting Manziel for: to make plays with his improvisational abilities. If you confine the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner to the pocket, is he worth a first-round pick?
The injury risk may outweigh the reward of Manziel s electrifying style of play; but luckily for Manziel it will be NFL front offices weighing those decisions, not TV analysts.

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