Super Bowl champion and MVP winner Aaron Rodgers knows a lot about what it takes to be a NFL calibre quarterback, so when he says something it makes you take note and listen.
And in an appearance on Jim Rome's show to be televised later today, the Green Bay Packers play caller says that he thinks Johnny Manziel is the best quarterback in the 2014 NFL Draft.
When asked about whom out of Manziel, Blake Bortles and Teddy Bridgewater he would build a franchise around Rodgers answered without a moments hesitation and gave his full backing to the former Texas A&M star.
“I like Johnny Football,” Rodgers said. “I like that he didn’t apologize for what happened. He was a 20-year-old kid who was enjoying life.
He had some more opportunities financially with his family growing up, which allowed him in college, because of the bizarre extra benefit rules, to do some pretty cool things.
And he didn’t apologize. I think the way he plays on the field speaks for itself. He makes a lot of plays happen.”
Rodgers noted the success of players like Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepernick and Cam Newton as basis to why he believes that despite Manziel's lack of ability as a passer, the moves he can make with his feet will bring success.
The 30-year old Rodgers also praised the youngsters confidence and how he can already tell that Johnny Football will be a leader.
"I like his confidence. As a quarterback it's one of the most important things you can have," Rodgers told Rome. "You need to be mentally tough, physically tough. I think he is both of those."
Manziel polarises opinion like no other in football, and people will be debating his talents from hereon until he retires.