Written by: Curt Ashcraft (@cashcraft740)
Edited by: Matt Shock (@shockwave_music)
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For those of you that tuned into last week’s NFL Draft, you all witnessed some shocking trades, questionable selections and even a historical moment in the seventh round. For every player that is drafted, each selection is memorable in its own special way, but for both NFL teams in the state of Ohio, there were two selections that were interesting and exciting all at once.
With the 22nd pick, the Cleveland Browns selected Johnny Manziel out of Texas A&M most likely to be their starting quarterback from day one while with the 164th pick, the Cincinnati Bengals selected AJ McCarron out of Alabama to back-up and potentially light a fire under Andy Dalton. With 141 draft picks separating the two, the choice for the better career looks pretty clear, but with many variables still in play, who is going to have the better NFL career?
At the college level, there is no doubt that McCarron and Manziel were two of the most successful quarterbacks the college game has ever seen. During their time at Alabama and Texas A&M, the two quarterbacks combined for a record of 56-10, a total of 16,839 passing yards and 177 total touchdowns on the ground and in the air. Throw in an All-American honor, a Heisman Trophy and a couple of National Championships; Manziel and McCarron manhandled the SEC and college football.
These two have shared much success on the gridiron, but Manziel and McCarron couldn’t be any different as players and as people. Manziel is the new-age style of dual-threat quarterback that isn’t afraid to show some flash on the field as well as off of it. By going to parties, attending NBA Playoff games, throwing out the first pitch at a Texas Rangers game and even signing autographs in a hotel room, Manziel’s antics and his middle finger to the college football establishment has followed him all season long.
On the other hand, McCarron is the traditional pocket-passer in Nick Saban’s pro-style offense that tends to keep to himself and lets his play on the field speak for itself. The flashiest thing about McCarron is his insanely attractive fiancé, Katherine Webb, who will be using McCarron’s fame for a reality show leading up to their wedding. Way to be opportunistic Katherine, I’m sure Brent Musburger will be watching.
Both McCarron and Manziel had questions about their attitude for wildly different reasons. Both players are confident in their abilities, but Manziel is like a volcano about to erupt while McCarron is dryer than a popcorn fart. Regardless of the details, both of these quarterbacks have a lot to offer and while I am a Bengals fan through and through, my gut just tells me that Johnny Manziel will have the better NFL career. I think if McCarron gets his shot, he will prove many doubters wrong but for a player as electrifying as Manziel is, he just reminds me too much of Brett Favre and Steve Young to not be a game changer in the league.
It will be interesting to look back five years from now and see what these two amazing storylines have been able to do with their careers. As a Bengals fan, I hope I am wrong and we get to watch McCarron blossom into an incredible NFL quarterback, but it isn’t my opinion that matters. Who do you think will have the better NFL career? Be sure to leave your comments in the area below and no matter what happens with Manziel & McCarron, the state of Ohio will have a darn good time watching it all unfold.
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