Here comes Johnny (maybe)

I want “Johnny Football” to be a Minnesota Viking.

The Texas A&M star quarterback just seems like exactly the type of player the Vikings have been lacking since, well, Fran Tarkenton.

Some think that Johnny Manziel at 6-foot-1, could run into problems in the National Football League because of his height, but the recent success of diminutive Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson seems to have quelled that notion for many, including myself.

I think Manziel – the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner for the Aggies – is going to be a star in the NFL. Though it’s incredibly cliché to state this, Johnny simply has “it,” that intangible X-factor that the great QBs have.

Nobody, of course, can say for certain exactly what this quality is, but signal-callers like Brett Favre, Tarkenton, Tom Brady, Joe Montana, Aaron Rodgers and Steve Young all had it. Some simply blow you away with their physical skills and were prodigies from day one (Dan Marino and John Elway come to mind), but others just have the desired “it.”

Now, I could be wrong, Johnny Football could turn out to be an NFL bust. A 10-minute study of all the quarterbacks in the NFL draft over the course of the past 10 years will quickly prove that drafting a QB in the first round is anything but a sure thing. Many end up flaming out, but some make it big and a star QB is the single most important ingredient to winning in the NFL these days.

This spring, the Vikings, after a dreadful 2013 season, have the No. 8 pick in the first round – within striking distance of Manziel. Many think, after his remarkable four touchdown performance against Duke in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on New Year’s Eve, that Manziel will be gone by the time the Vikings draft. But, hey, you never know.

Funny things can happen on draft day. Teams trade up, trade back, players can fall (think Rodgers in 2005) and players can witness their stock rise, much to the surprise of even the most plugged-in pundits. Anything can happen.

As a lifelong Viking fan, however, I know that things have a way of not working out for Minnesota’s NFL franchise. I’m not expecting anything different during the draft in May. Besides, Manziel, an underclassmen, hasn’t even officially declared for the draft yet.

With all that in mind, however, can you imagine Johnny running the show for the Vikings? I can just see him making plays all over the field, utilizing Minnesota’s offensive weapons like Adrian Peterson, budding-star Cordarrelle Patterson, Kyle Rudolph and Greg Jennings.

That would be fun, but, like I mentioned, I’m not getting my hopes up. It’s not like I’ve pre-ordered my number 2 Manziel Vikings jersey (home purple) or anything. That would be crazy.