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Kiper declares Manziel consensus top QB, which is silly


With the Scouting Combine two weeks away, and free agency beyond that, it’s time for the NFL and its related industries to fill the news void.

So ESPN had a conference call with draft guru Mel Kiper, Jr. today, and he declared that Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel was the “consensus best quarterback in the draft.”

Manziel might in fact go first overall, and he might in fact be the best quarterback in this crop, when we look at it down the road.

But the idea there’s a consensus anything in February is silliness of the highest order.

Between the teams sending out deliberate false information, and the teams which don’t have a firm grip on their own draft boards yet, the idea that the majority of them have settled into one line of thinking is absurd.

Of course Manziel’s good for headlines, and for page views and ratings, so expect to read and see and hear a load about him over the next few months (including right here at PFT).

There might be a consensus that he’s the most interesting, but there can’t be one that he’s the best, at least not yet.