2014 Draft

Steelers Fans Should Probably Hope Johnny Manziel Goes Early

By Michael K. Reynolds

Will the Pittsburgh Steelers have a good draft…or a great draft? The ball may very well be in the hands of Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.

Because if Johnny Football ends up being one of the first four picks in the draft it could be the perfect domino to set off a quarterback run that would produce a dream scenario for Pittsburgh. Since Blake Bortles is expected to go early as well, the disappearance of these two quarterbacks could put Teddy Bridgewater into early play as quarterback needy teams begin to panic.

Why does this matter? Because if these three picks come before the Steelers anticipated 15th selection it gives general manager Kevin Colbert a deck full of wild cards since there will be rich talent still on the board.

He’ll either be able to swoop in on a top ten athlete, or perhaps even better, be able to trade down for an additional second rounder via a first round swap. The level of talent that would still be available would make this a probable opportunity.

In this highly vaunted draft, having a first rounder and two second rounders would likely be the equivalent of three first rounders when compared to other years.

This would allow the Steelers to plug some serious holes in their cornerback and wide receiver positions while still retaining many quality picks to round out their draft.

There have been so many smoke screens put up by teams in the days leading up to the 2014 NFL Draft it’s difficult to know if Manziel will be high fiving his agent or chomping on pretzels while peering sadly into the ESPN cameras.

But for the Black and Gold faithful his happiness is in our best interest.

So as the decidedly New York slanted crowds at Radio City Music Hall holler out J-E-T-S ad nauseum, Steelers fans will be wise to have a cheer of their own:

Go Johnny go!

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