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Johnny Manziel is a quarterback savant, says Fran Tarkenton

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Johnny Manziel has been called many things in the run up the the 2014 NFL Draft.

All manner of tags have been placed on the young player, from franchise QB, to sure fire draft bust, and the infamous 'Johnny Football' label... 

And now we can add "quarterback savant" to the list thanks to Fran Tarkenton.

Speaking to USA Today, Tarkenton was excited by what Manziel had to offer:

"Everything I've seen of the kid, I love.

"What I've seen him do on the field, he has all the franchise qualities. You look at your great players, they have to be leaders in the clubhouse and off the field. They don't have to be churchgoers. But they have to have character," Tarkenton explained.

And the Hall-of-Famer even saw similarities between Manziel and himself. High praise indeed from a man who was 1975 NFL MVP and made nine Pro-Bowls during his 18 season pro career:

"Nobody really played like I played. This kid plays like I did more than anybody else.

"He's the closest I've seen to myself. Russell Wilson has some of it. But Manziel has those similarities even more so than Russell.

"Manziel is a quarterback savant."

Manziel has certainly impressed on the field so far in his career, picking up the Heisman trophy in 2012, and many experts see him as a surefire top five pick come May 8th.

But his talent remains prodigious, with questions about his attitude and height leading to some debating whether he has a long term NFL future ahead.

But the former Aggie, who threw for over 4,000 yards in his final year at College Station, will surely take heart form such high praise - especially coming from a fellow small QB in Tarkenton.

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