Troy Aikman Has ‘No Doubt’ Johnny Manziel Will Succeed In NFL
Johnny Manziel just got another Hall of Fame quarterback to co-sign on his potential in the NFL.
Days after Drew Brees compared Manziel to Russell Wilson, former Dallas Cowboys great Troy Aikman gave his opinion on Manziel as well.
Aikman told the Sporting News he has “no doubt” the Texas A&M star will have success at the next level.
“I got a chance to see his game against Alabama from start to finish and I was really impressed with a lot of the throws that he made,” Aikman said. “There’s no doubt in my mind that with his playmaking ability, he was doing it last year as a freshman against good competition, I would anticipate that he will (be drafted) relatively high. Whether or not he’ll be a first-round pick, I don’t know, but I think he’ll be successful when he gets his opportunity.
Aikman piggybacked on the Russell Wilson comparison as well.
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“I think he’s coming into the league at the right time when people are more open-minded about quarterbacks that can really run with the football,” Aikman said. “They’re not as protective of those guys as we’ve seen around the league from the obvious players over the last couple of years. I think then the main thing is can he throw from within the pocket? Because ultimately if you’re athletic and you can run, if you can’t throw the ball and beat people with your arm, you’re going to have a hard time being successful in the National Football League.”