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Brett Favre calls Johnny Manziel 'probably the best playmaker in all the draft'

Johnny Manziel will likely be smiling at the end of his career if it mirrors that of Brett Favre. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images) Johnny Manziel will likely be smiling at the end of his career if it mirrors Brett Favre's. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Johnny Manziel has drawn comparisons to Brett Favre because of his gunslinger mentality, often straddling the line between brilliant and boneheaded plays.

So it's not a complete surprise that Favre called Manziel "probably the best playmaker in all the draft," in a video he made talking about this year's  NFL prospects. The video, in which the 44-year-old Favre sports a cutoff t-shirt, full beard and long hair flowing out the bottom of his hat, was first posted SB Nation's Jason Kirk.

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Favre also thinks Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins will go No. 2 to the Rams, since they "don't need a quarterback," and that tackles Greg Robinson (Auburn), Jake Matthews (Texas A&M) and Taylor Lewan (Michigan) are "legitimate prospects" but "can't say who will go first." He's also high on Buffalo pass rusher Khalil Mack.

Favre said Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles is "different" from Manziel but "is a good prospect as well" and could be taken by a team depending on its offensive scheme.

Favre was a second-round pick (No. 33 overall) of the Falcons out of Southern Miss in 1991. He threw two interceptions in four pass attempts for Atlanta, which traded him to the Packers in 1992.

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