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Johnny Manziel appears on cover of Sports Illustrated's NFL draft preview issue

Johnny Manziel appears on cover of Sports Illustrated ahead of 2014 NFL draft (Todd Rosenberg for SI)

The most polarizing figure in the 2014 NFL draft graces the cover of Sports Illustrated's NFL draft preview issue.

Former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel has been called everything from a future All-Pro to a bust waiting to happen. What's the reality? TheMMQB's Peter King sat down with five of the best quarterback evaluators in the business to get a definitive read on Johnny Football.

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The panel --  Doug Flutie, Rich Gannon, Mike Holgrem, Kevin Gilbride and David Cutcliffe -- examined everything from Manziel’s accuracy, to his improvisation.

"All five men ran love-hate with Manziel," King writes. "They loved the improvisation, the courage and the accuracy downfield. They hated the sloppy footwork, the throwing without proper passing sets, the bailing out of the pocket before he could analyze defenses. They were skeptical of his becoming a great NFL player. But they were also intrigued by his almost uncanny ability to pull plays out of his hat against the types of players he'll see on the next level."

One thing on which everyone can agree? Manziel is the hardest quarterback in the draft to project.

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