Manziel tops Brandt's list of prospects

Posted Apr 15, 2014

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel remains at the top of analyst Gil Brandt's rankings of the top 50 prospects in the May 8-10 NFL Draft. senior analyst Gil Brandt has updated his list of the top 50 prospects in the May 8-10 draft, and only the first two players remain the same from his first version.

Brandt, the vice president of player personnel for the Dallas Cowboys from 1960-89, ranks Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel first and South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney second.

"Manziel is a unique athlete who produced 10,000 yards of offense in two seasons with the Aggies," Brandt writes. "I had his 40 timed at 4.56 seconds at the combine (4.68 officially). He's a very smart player and has great vision at quarterback."

Brandt concedes that Clowney "did not play well in his last season, but he has great talent and is an outstanding athlete with speed—he was clocked at 4.47 in his combine 40 (4.53 officially)."

Brandt ranks Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack as the third best prospect in the draft, followed by Auburn tackle Greg Robinson, Texas A&M tackle Jake Matthews, Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins, Texas A&M receiver Mike Evans, Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles, Michigan tackle Taylor Lewan and UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr.

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