Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel didn’t throw at the NFL Combine, but he participated in every other event last week.
Manziel measured at 5-11¾ and 207 pounds with 9 7/8 hands. His massive hands eased some of the concerns with his height. Yes, Seahawks quarterback Russell just won a Super Bowl at 5-11 but not every quarterback under 6 feet will be a success story. Manziel will break a barrier as a first round quarterback under 6 feet partly due to Wilson, who was drafted in the third round in 2012.
“I think [Wilson’s] kicked the door wide open,” Manziel told the Houston Chronicle. “You’re seeing more guys being successful avoiding that first wave of pressure — get out and do things outside the pocket.
Johnny Football displayed his athleticism during the other events, including the 40-yard dash where he had the fourth fastest time at 4.68 seconds. He also had a 31.5-inch vertical jump and 113-inch broad jump.
Manziel also did well during his teams interviews, including the Vikings on Saturday. He also reportedly interviewed well with the Jaguars and Raiders.
Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel has met with the #Vikings. Spielman, Zimmer and Turner were all in the meeting. ....Ran 4.56 (u) 40 time.— Master Tesfatsion (@MasterStrib) February 23, 2014
The 2012 Heisman Trophy winner will throw at Texas A&M’s Pro Day on March 5. Manziel’s drawing comparisons to Vikings Hall of Fame quarterback Fran Tarkenton and Doug Flutie.
Two quarterbacks with two drastically different caers are the best comparisons for Manziel because there really hasn’t been someone like him in the modern draft era. Outside of his personality and celebrity status, the biggest question is how will Manziel's talents translate at the next level.
Will he be a Tarkenton, which Vikings fans would love in Minnesota, or a Flutie? Manziel's career will be fun to follow over the next four years even if he doesn't get picked by the Vikings.