I don't think the issue is with Eli Manning's intelligence (or lack of it?). It's his attitude in the draft that has made the past few posters upset with the guy. As far as I'm concern, he may be the smartest person on the world, but he's still a classless jerk. Unless he proves himself to be as great as John Elway, I have no respect for the guy.
Nevertheless, I think many athletes today feel that teams should bend over for them. Athletes, whether they come from the ghetto, a little farm in the middle of the US, or from a well known sports family, should be thankful of their gifts. And, if it so happens they get drafted by a team they don't particularly care about, the should feel thankful nonetheless. I'm just a strong believer in making the most of what's given to you--whether you like it what's been given to you or not.