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NFL World Reacts To Interesting Johnny Manziel Comparison

Johnny Manziel smiling in his Texas A&M football uniform.

COLLEGE STATION, TX - SEPTEMBER 14: Johnny Manziel #2 of Texas A&M Aggies waits near the bench in the fourth quarter during the game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Kyle Field on September 14, 2013 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

The 2022 NFL Draft is still several months away, but one of the top quarterback prospects is already being compared to Johnny Manziel.

One NFL executive referred to Pitt quarterback Kenny Pickett as a "good version of Johnny Football."

"He’s a good version of Johnny Football—better frame, head on shoulders and arm, and he’s a better leader,” the anonymous AFC executive told Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer. “Athletic, gutsy. … Kind of hit the scene hard out of nowhere like [Joe] Burrow and balled out. Love the kid. He’s got the it factor. Kid has balls. … We have a ways to go, but definitely if the draft was today, he would be [the first quarterback] taken.”

This AFC executive's comments are being heavily discussed this Tuesday. Considering Manziel was a bust in the NFL, some fans believe this comparison is an insult to Pickett.

Manziel was an outstanding quarterback at Texas A&M for two seasons, finishing his college career with 7,820 passing yards, 2,169 rushing yards, and 93 total touchdowns.

Pickett, meanwhile, blossomed into a star this season, throwing for 4,319 yards and 42 touchdowns.

Although he won't ever be considered a college football legend like Manziel was, Pickett probably isn't aiming to be the next "Johnny Football."