Vikings Draft Targets: Scout Compares Johnny Manziel to Joe Montana


Oct 26, 2013; London, United Kingdom; Joe Montana throws a football into the crowd at the NFL Fan Rally at Trafalgar Square in advance of the International Series game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Jacksonville Jaguars. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Some wild Johnny Manziel comparisons have been thrown out there in recent weeks, but this one may be the most over-the-top example that I’ve seen yet.

It’s one thing to compare Manziel to Doug Flutie or Russell Wilson or even, if you want to push the envelope a little, young, raw Brett Favre.

But comparing him to Joe Montana? Who would be wacky enough to go there?

Some anonymous scout was wacky enough to go there. This fun quote from an unnamed personnel evaluator was used by Bob McGinn in his quarterback rundown piece in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal. It’s a roller coaster of crazy.

"He’s more talented than the guy at New Orleans (Drew Brees). His arm’s not as strong as (Michael) Vick’s but he’s farther along in the passing game. He’s not very far along, but farther than Vick was. He’s better than (Doug) Flutie, faster and better than (Russell) Wilson. He reminds me a little bit of (Joe) Montana. Fluid, and even though off-balance he can get the ball out. Has big hands (9 7/8 inches) for a little guy. To me, the only thing holding him back is the off-the-field and if he’s committed to coming in on Mondays and Tuesdays."

Manziel only reminds the guy a little bit of Montana. A full-on comparison to Montana would be going too far.

All right, so depending on which scout  you want to believe, Manziel is either Flutie, Favre, Wilson, Tarkenton, Young, Vick, Brees or Montana.

Do I hear a vote for Tommy Kramer? I would totally take Tommy Kramer.

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