Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel is the most polarizing player in the NFL Draft and soon could fill that same role in the NFC East. Over the last few days, Manziel has been connected to the Eagles, Cowboys and Giants. The three teams already have quarterbacks in place, but perhaps their staffs believe that Manziel would be too good to pass up if he were fall to them.
Manziel has been most closely linked to the Cowboys over the last few days, as reports have gone back and forth regarding their interest. ESPN's Todd McShay said on-air on Thursday that Manziel was the No. 1 player on the Cowboys board, but shortly after, his colleague Ed Werder disputed the claim:
I don't think Manziel is No. 1 on Cowboys board. Jerry undeniably loves him. If he's there, hardest decision for JJ since passed Randy Moss— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) May 8, 2014
So did NFL Network's Ian Rapoport (take that Mike Freeman!):
@mikefreemanNFL Bortles is the top QB on the #Cowboys board.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 8, 2014
The Giants have also entered the mix in reports as well. New York could have interest in Manziel at No. 12 if he fell to them, according to NJ.com's Jordan Raanan. However, Raanan did suggest in the report that the Giants could allude to interest in hopes of forcing a team to trade up with them or another team else to let a player drop.
Those two teams have high-priced veteran quarterbacks in place, so drafting Manziel makes little sense. However, the Eagles have not paid quarterback Nick Foles, so there stands a chance that Philadelphia may want to add the rookie. Several analysts have stated that Manziel would be a perfect fit for a Chip Kelly offense, while ignoring the fact that the four quarterbacks on the current roster are nothing like him. The stigma and misconception that Kelly wants to add a runner at quarterback doesn't seem to want to go away.
Oh, and the Redskins don't have a first round pick, so there is that...