- Height: 6’0”
- Weight: 207 lbs.
- Hand Size: 9 7/8”
- Class: Sophomore
- School: Texas A&M
- 40 Time: 4.68
- Bench: 12 reps
- Vertical Jump: 31.5”
- Long Jump: 113”
Analysis and Grades
Manziel measured in at six foot flat at the Combine. NFL scouts and coaches have had problems in the past with quarterbacks under 6’1”, but thanks to the success of Russell Wilson and Drew Brees, Manziel will still see a first round paycheck. His ability to make plays with his feet will also be a major key to his high selection.
Pocket Awareness: A
He feels the pocket like an extension of his own body, and which his mobility he can keep the play alive for much longer than a quarterback should. On film this is the most impressive feature of his game. Manziel has the best escapability of a quarterback I’ve seen so far. He climbs the pocket well and keeps his eyes down field before making his decisions.
Manziel has average progression speed, but instead of hanging in for the throw to open, he typically takes off and runs. That won’t fly at the NFL level as much as it did in college. Luckily he also had Mike Evans to bail him out when there was nowhere else to go with the ball. He also keeps his head up while extending the play to find his receivers.
Footwork itself isn’t bad, but it is the other factors that link to footwork that are shaky. His playmaking ability with his feet makes him antsy so there are few times where he takes his drop, plants, and releases. The other question is his footwork from under center. He was mostly asked to do three step drops from shotgun at Texas A&M.
Arm Strength: A-
Manziel has good deep ball ability, but his drive is questionable. Some believe he answered this at his pro day, but playing catch with Mike Evans without a pass rush is easy. Lets see him drive the ball twenty five yards on a line while one of the NFL’s top pass rushers is baring down on him.
Slightly above average accuracy, but doesn’t always put it on point. His accuracy was also aided by an outstanding receiver in Mike Evans. He has nice touch on fades, but on unique situational routes he will need to not only improve his location but his timing as well. Improved footwork and patience will greatly improve his ball placement.
Overall: My personal stance on Manziel is that I wouldn’t put my job on the line for a kid who doesn’t have the right mix of measurables and attitude. Confidence is a very important tool for NFL quarterbacks, but arrogance is a trait that will lead to failure. Mike Zimmer recently said Manziel’s pro day was a “sideshow” and I fully agree. I question his leadership ability. Manziel has a unique skill set that will intrigue a team to take a shot on him. Worst case scenario a team drafts a pretty good ticket sales booster.
Comparison: Michael Vick, New York Jets
Grade: B, 3.05
Draft Projection: Top 10