It’s inevitable that a polarizing college athlete will be subject to extra scrutiny, especially when that person is a Heisman Trophy winning quarterback with a larger-than-life moniker. Like many before him, Johnny Manziel will fall under a particularly large magnifying glass in this year’s draft build-up, as countless NFL evaluators and online enthusiasts begin compiling calculated reports on the Texas A&M star’s pro prospects.
Questions about the player generally circulate around his rather diminutive stature and whether or not his arm talent or performance within the pocket are advanced enough for the NFL level. These are legitimate gripes worth discussing regarding Manziel’s game, which I – after evaluating him myself – have no qualms with.
However, one myth about the player’s game that occasionally gets tossed around interweb circles is that he’s reliant on hulking, box-out receiver and Aggies teammate Mike Evans – another declared underclassman of the upcoming draft. The theory was even mildly propagated in August by Aggies’ quarterback coach Jake Spavital, who branded the wideout as his prot