Cleveland Browns assistant general manager Ray Farmer was in College Station on Saturday afternoon, reportedly to scout much-discussed Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel. While it was mentioned in passing on NBC’s Sunday Night Football, Sports Illustrated’s Peter King reports in his most recent “Monday Morning Quarterback” column, that Farmer was in attendance for the college season’s most anticipated game in order to watch the nation’s most talked about player.
While the Heisman Trophy winner’s team fell short, he did not disappoint by putting up 562 yards of total offense against one of the nation’s best defenses. Manziel, in his third year of eligibility at Texas A&M, could declare for the 2014 draft but continues to be one of the more polarizing players in the game due to immense talent married with a bevy of off-field issues. Most recently, Manziel was the subject on an NCAA investigation wherein the player allegedly benefitted from multiple autograph brokers. He was deemed not guilty, but was suspended for a half of the team’s Opening Day contest against Rice due to the the violation of NCAA bylaw 126.96.36.199 which states that student-athletes cannot permit their names or likenesses to be used for commercial purposes, including to advertise, recommend or promote sales of commercial products, or accept payment for the use of their names or likenesses.
The Browns, now 0-2 on the 2013 season, have once again fell victim to poor play from second-year quarterback Brandon Weeden. Weeden was the second-first round draft selection of the Browns just one season ago. Unfortunately, his team has scored just one touchdown on the year and has converted on just five of 29 third-down plays. Manziel, just 6-foot-1 and playing largely in a spread offense, isn’t considered to be a prototypical quarterback prospect, but continues to draw some comparison’s to Seattle’s Russell Wilson.