Eskimos receiver Derel Walker caught the last pass Johnny Manziel ever threw at Texas A&M University and would like to see the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner throwing CFL footballs in the future.
“We’ve been keeping in touch as of lately. I’m probably going to see him next week sometime, he might throw and I might run routes. To have him up here, I would love to see it. I’m a big fan of Johnny Manziel, I have been ever since the college days,” Walker told TSN on Thursday.
Walker and Manziel were Aggies teammates for two seasons (2012-2013), the latter of which was a breakout season for the Eskimos’ star pass catcher. Walker recorded 51 receptions for 818 yards and five touchdowns as a senior, a big year that caught the attention of pro scouts.
“He just gets on the field and does remarkable things outside of the off-the-field issues. That’s one of my brothers — a good guy from my personal opinion,” Walker said. “I would love to see him up here. I believe he would do exceptionally well. If you look at all his attributes and you apply them to this game … Johnny’s the first freshman to ever win a Heisman and you saw how he used to play. He has a great arm and you can’t really tackle him if he runs because he has great speed.”
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats own Manziel’s CFL rights after placing him on their exclusive negotiation list back in his college days. After a January 31 deadline was set by Manziel’s agent Erik Burkhardt the former first-round NFL draft pick pursued other football options and plans to play in The Spring League from March 28 to April 15.
Twelve NFL teams came to San Diego to watch Manziel workout on Thursday, but the #ComebackSZN will have to happen elsewhere unless a contract is offered by an NFL club. Manziel’s comeback would happen in the CFL if Walker gets his way.
“I’m hoping so. Johnny, you just never know which way he’s going to go. He has a lot of opportunities down south too,” Walker said. “I’m hoping I can influence him to get up here because I would like to see one of my brothers back playing and doing what he loves to do.”