The Cleveland Browns spent the 22nd overall pick in the draft on former Texas A&M star, Johnny Manziel. The quarterback has managed to attract attention both on and off the field, and while there is no denying his success in college, some pundits have questioned his NFL readiness as he continues work in the Browns OTAs. Ten picks later, Minnesota spent the last selection of the first round on quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. The former Louisville quarterback was one of the best overall prospects of the draft, as many analysts expected him to be a top ten pick.
So, which of the two will be the better NFL quarterback?
The staff at Locker Room Update gives their opinion, choosing between the two quarterbacks below.
“Johnny Manziel will be a better NFL quarterback than Teddy Bridgewater. Both rookies will be involved in competition in training camp. Manziel is in a better position than Bridgewater, as the Vikings aren’t giving up on Christian Ponder. Former Heisman winner Johnny Manziel possess all the skills needed to be a successful mobile quarterback in the NFL today. Teddy Bridgewater needs some coaching up and some mentoring before he becomes a starting quarterback.”
“Teddy will. He played in a more pro-style offense in college while also being allowed to make a lot of pre-snap calls and adjustments, more so than Manziel was allowed to do.
Manziel was an elite playmaker who used his God-given talents to beat opponents. Bridgewater didn’t have as much talent, but used his head to beat opponents far better than Mazniel.
Bridgewater has the head and the arm to make it in the NFL. Thus far, I’ve only seen Manziel consistently show he has the arm and legs to make it in the way Michael Vick did in his days with the Falcons.
That kind of QB isn’t going to lead you to a championship. Bridgewater has all the tools he needs to do so.”
“My answer is Teddy Bridgewater. I believe he is more focused and his game can translate to the NFL better. My prediction for Bridgewater is a 7-year career as a starter. For, Johnny Manziel, my prediction is a 3-year starting career. I believe Manziel will use his legs too much and be married to injuries.
Manziel throws passes late and over the middle, and relies on his receivers to make a play. In the NFL he will get his receiver hurt like that.W hen he gets into trouble, he will use his feet. He will find out the NFL is bigger and faster, and will get the know the trainers.
Bridgewater comes from a pro-style offense and was among the nation’s leaders in all passing categories when facing pressure. He steps through his progressions, and keeps his eyes focused downfield. He can manipulate the defense with his eyes and will adjust to the NFL.”
“Teddy Bridgewater will be the better QB. The learning curve and supporting cast with Manziel is much greater and with Adrian Peterson in the backfield to ease the pressure on Bridgewater, it makes his transition and capacity to succeed in year one at better odds.”
“Both signal-callers demonstrated their ability to lead a prolific offense in college. That being said, Johnny Manziel fans became accustomed to their guy escaping from the pocket, using his legs, and heaving miracle passes over the middle of the field for hero plays. It’s a type of play style that won’t last in the NFL.
Teddy Bridgewater is undoubtedly the better quarterback in my eyes. He has a far higher ceiling with regard to success in the NFL, and I believe he can step into the NFL on day one and make a difference. With the Vikings, he steps into a system with proven success on the offense. Jerome Simpson, Cordarelle Patterson, Greg Jennings, and Kyle Rudolph headline a talented group of targets for the former Louisville quarterback. With Peterson in the backfield, I think Bridgewater can slip into the system and synchronize easily. I look for him to be an early candidate for Rookie of the Year, and I think he’ll have a successful NFL career.
For the Browns’ newest quarterback on the roster, I wish I could say the same.”