Johnny Manziel and Derek Carr we’re 14 draft picks apart in the 2014 NFL Draft. Fast forward two years later, Manziel and Carr are 14 lightyears apart in their NFL careers. Manziel, likely to never play another NFL down again after his extensive off-the-field issues — including a domestic violence allegedly ruptured his ex-girlfriend’s ear drum.
As for Carr, he’s a top three candidate for the NFL MVP, his team is 10-3 and are a legitimate Super Bowl contender. It’s amazing what can change in just two years.
Last week, Carr spoke to The Monday Morning Quarterback’s Peter King about Manziel and offered his support like Ryan Leaf once did:
“What’s crazy,” Carr said as we drove in the predawn toward Oakland, “is, you know, I spent a lot of time around him. He’s such a good dude. I obviously wish him the best, you know I hope that … hopefully one day he’ll reach out, [I’d] be able to talk to him and be a friend to him.”
“You’d love the chance to help him?” I said.
“Absolutely, man,” Carr said. “Because he’s so talented, so I understand why he was drafted where he was. He could throw, could run, a dynamic athlete, dynamic player. Obviously he just had a little trouble. He’s still young though, so hopefully he’ll get another chance someday and he’ll be alright.”
On Monday, which is when King’s article was published, Manziel reached out to Carr and accepted his offer.
@JManziel2 absolutely bro! I'll be in touch for sure.
— Derek Carr (@derekcarrqb) December 12, 2016
Though, even if Carr’s mentoring does help Manziel, he’d still have a lot to prove to NFL teams even after proving that his off-the-field issues were resolved as when he was on the field he wasn’t really that good.
In his short career, Manziel went 147 of 258 (57 percent) for 1,675 yards, seven touchdowns, seven interceptions and a 74.4 passer rating.