Johnny Manziel’s draft stock took a hit Friday when he sat down with Vikings’ leadership — most notably, head coach Mike Zimmer — and answered some questions regarding his maturity.
Or lack thereof.
Zimmer was not impressed, citing “some flags” that lead him to believe Manziel isn’t the right guy to rest your franchise’s hopes and dreams on. Hey, we’re with you there — Johnny Football ain’t the safe option.
[NFL.com] “We asked him all kinds of questions. We went to dinner with him the night after (his pro day). We talked to him at the combine. There are some flags that come up,” Zimmer told 104.9 The Horn, according to a transcription at 247sports.com. “All of the things that happened out in Los Angeles, the commercials and all that stuff. The position of quarterback in the NFL is such an important position and the reason these guys need to be a totally football-minded guy is the pressure of the position and being the face of an NFL team and doing everything right.
“That’s the thing you want to know about him: Will he be into work early every single day? Will be the last to leave? Will he be the guy that is working the hardest to get better?”
So this morning, ESPN Radio’s Colin Cowherd hopped on the Manziel-hating bandwagon to weigh in on what exactly it is that makes the kid such a risky draft pick. “He’s got some narcissistic personality disorder stamped on his forehead. That kid is about that kid. I mean, you don’t go on Twitter and do what he does, ‘I can’t wait to get out of A&M.’ Andrew Luck isn’t doing that. Peyton Manning isn’t doing that.”
It’s a fair point, but overzealous and kind of douchey if you ask us. Narcissistic Personality Disorder is characterized by a lack of empathy, that is, an inability to understand how others feel from a purely emotional standpoint. That’s a bit of a jump from “He goes on Twitter and says he wants to leave college.” Are we really at the point where a 21-year-old gets diagnosed with a disorder because they’re a bit ostentatious?
We get it — Manziel has some less-than-ideal qualities. But to call him out as being some sort of inadequate human being because he doesn’t conduct himself like superhumans Andrew Luck and Peyton Manning sounds like a hypercritical assessment (a symptom of NPD in and of itself).
If the Vikings give the kid a shot, let’s wait until the shit thoroughly hits the fan before we start grouping him in with Ted Bundy. (The diagnosis comes at the 2:17 mark.)