What do The Hunger Games and the NFL Draft Pick have in common? Well besides a healthy obsession for Jennifer Lawrence, both are a battle of the strongest competitors allying for the top prize of First Draft pick. In the film, the prize is not being killed, while the Draft prize isn’t as extreme, there usually is a lot of blood, sweat, and tears involved to make it to the end.
The games in the film consists of two players from twelve districts placed in life or death simulations and ultimately only one winner emerges. Whereas in the NFL Draft there’s more than twelve and a broader number of candidates to choose from.
Enter Blake Bortles and Johnny Manziel. The top two players being considered to be drafted by the Texans for First Draft Pick. But who is stronger and will ultimately nab that top pick in the end?
Bortles is the 6’4, 230 pound quarterback for University of Central Florida. In addition to his monumental physical stats, his athleticism, arm and leg strength on the field, and versatile offensive methods of playing, is what makes him stand out among his peers.
For example,having an impressive 67.8 passing percent for the 2013 season, along with Bortles helping UCF win against Baylor in 2014, then to be named the 2014 Offensive MVP of the Fiesta Bowl.
Also consider his relatively unknown mainstream media attention, Bortles would prove to be a viable asset to the Texans drawing in major revenue along with likability from the public which is a key factor for an athlete’s endorsements, etc. With these skill sets,
Bortles has often been compared to quarterback legend Ben Roethlisberger. However, are these comparisons a mere example of imitation being the sincerest form of flattery, or is it a precursor to what Bortles potential professional NFL career can be?
Manziel, the Texas A&M QB stands at 6’1, and 210 pounds. Although not as physically massive as Bortles is, Manziel still gives Bortles a run for his money. For example, Manziel’s 2013 completion percent of 69.9% edges out Bortles’ 67.8%. , and of course Manziel winning the prestigious Heisman Trophy back in 2012.
One advantage Manziel has in his chances over Bortles and that’s is his connection with Texans owner Bob McNair. Unfortunately, one flaw of Manziel that has been noted by head coach Bill O’Brien thinks that Manziel isn’t necessarily ready to be the face of a franchise and put in the hard work that comes with the job.
Like in the film, both athletes have battled their way to the end and have shown their unique abilities, as well as making history for their schools in the process, and setting the bar for future players to live up to. Bortles and Manziel will face off in the final showdown at the First Round Draft Pick on May 8th.
But if its’ any constellation for the one who doesn’t make it with the Texans, Jennifer Lawrence is single.