STRENGTHS - Extremely athletic, Manuel has the tools to make big plays with his arm and legs. His size, strength and quick feet help him to consistently pull free from and avoid sacks within the pocket. Poised and relaxed in the pocket, Manuel does not rush and force passes into bad spots to avoid sacks. He will stand strong in pocket and can make a strong, accurate throw with pressure closing in on him. When forced to move to avoid pressure, Manuel is fast to re-set feet and gets rid of the ball quickly. Outstanding upper body mechanics help him to get rid of the ball very fast. When he strides into his throws aggressively he can make strong 15+ yard throws with good zip and accuracy, fitting the ball into tight spots. He has excellent tough throwing to running backs on "wheel" routes and to receivers deep down the field along the sideline. A high character young man, Manuel has the intelligence and work ethic that NFL teams are always looking for.
WEAKNESSES - While Manuel consistently makes good decisions and will not force passes into bad spots, his tendency to stare down his primary receiver at times leads to defensive backs being able to close quickly and make plays on the ball. At times, Manuel strides too soon or does not stride at all and his accuracy suffers when these happen.
SUMMARY - Highly productive for Florida State, Manuel no doubt has the physical tools and character/intangibles to be a successful NFL starter. However, he must do a better job with his footwork/stride in order to throw accurately every time. Additionally, while he usually does an excellent job of going through progressions while in pocket, he needs to avoid stopping during progressions and staring down his primary receiver in order to keep defensive backs from making as many plays on his passes as they did in the games I evaluated. Although Manuel's Pro Day was not stellar, he showed a very strong arm, but was high and outside on a number of passes which forced his receivers to adjust to make tough catches. Overall, Manuel will likely be a late first or high second round pick and if he improves in the areas mentioned above he should become a good starting quarterback in the NFL.