Manziel: Titans Made the Right Choice

Johnny Manziel made headlines again on Monday Night Football, but not for his play on the field.

He was there for the taking for the Tennessee Titans.

Johnny Manziel, the electrifying, polarizing and controversial former Heisman Trophy winner from Texas A&M was still on the board when the Titans turn to select with the eleventh pick in the 2014 NFL Draft came up.

The Titans passed on Manziel, choosing instead to select offensive tackle Taylor Lewan from Michigan. Lewan had his own issues that as of yet remain unresolved stemming from an alleged assault following the Ohio State-Michigan game last season.

The Titans, who had questions about Jake Locker and his ability to remain healthy, and the team was thought to be in the market to draft a quarterback, but chose to wait all the way until the sixth round to select former LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger.

Some people are of the impression that the Heisman Trophy is a consideration for taking a player highly in the draft. I disagree.

The Heisman Trophy for me has become as much a popularity contest as it has become an award for the best player in college football.

Often there are several players worthy of selection for the award and winning it is not necessarily an indicator of success at the next level.

Fast forward to the preseason and last night's Monday Night Football game between the visiting Cleveland Brown, who selected Manziel and the Washington Redskins. Manziel who is in a battle with Brian Hoyer to earn the starting spot for the Browns was caught on camera flipping the finger at the Redskins bench.

This was not the first sign of the immaturity of Manziel we have seen since his selection by the Browns. There were the party pictures from Las Vegas, and he was fined by the team for being late to a team meeting.

These things alone are not necessarily a reason not to draft a player, but when taken into consideration with his indiscretions in college they certainly speak of a pattern of missteps, though arguably mild in comparison but were certainly not what a new coaching staff and a team looking to reach the playoffs for the first time in five seasons needed to have during this process.

Aside from his indiscretions, there has also been a lack of production by Manziel on the field so far this preseason. Yes Manziel is a rookie, but then so is Mettenberger.

For Manziel, he is a combined 14 of 25 for 128 yards and one touchdown, and has not been intercepted in two preseason games. Contrast that with Mettenberger who finished 20-25 for 269 yards with one touchdown and one interception in the Titans 31-24 loss to New Orleans.

Mettenberger hasn't been perfect, he has thrown two picks in his two game, and has also lost fumbles in both, but that "he's a rookie" excuse also applies to Mettenberger.

Then there is the size difference. Mettenberger (6'5" 225) is taller than Manziel (6' 210) and Mettenberger has a much stronger arm than his former college rival.

Mettenberger did grab headlines off the field for the incident where he was sucker punched in a bar earlier this offseason, but there were no charges, and he was the victim.

There are no perfect people, and certainly no NFL players without flaws in their game, but for me there is no comparison if I were selecting a quarterback for my franchise between Manziel and Mettneberger.

The Titans made the right choice on this one.

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