Johnny Manziel could opt to stay at Texas A&M for one more season, but everyone expects the star quarterback will be leaving school a year early to pursue his NFL dream. Insanely premature mock drafts have Manziel projected to go somewhere in the top 10. And oh by the way, the Vikings happen to be picking #8 overall and need a quarterback.
The Vikings also happen to need a head coach, which is where Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin comes in. Or maybe not. On Tuesday, Sumlin shut down any further NFL speculation by making it known that he will not be interviewing for any pro jobs. Sumlin wants to build a big time program at A&M and intends to stay at the school through 2015 at least.
The dream of a Johnny Manziel-Kevin Sumlin package deal died before it had a chance to live. Not that it was ever a realistic dream in the first place. Or a particularly attractive dream. That all depends on who you ask.
Manziel especially is a polarizing figure. Some love his talent, others think he’s wildly overrated. Even people who love his talent have to admit he’s a bit of a wild card in the character department.
Talent generally trumps perceived character issues, and that’s why Johnny Manziel will likely be a top 10 pick in next year’s draft. He’s a guy Viking Nation will have its eye on from here until the moment his name is called. And possibly after.