The first point of interest for Johnny Football will be his official measurements. This polarizing prospect is unofficially listed at 6’1”, 209 pounds but will probably measure smaller in Indianapolis.
He better learn to start hanging upside down in preparation for the combine if he plans on retaining his listed height.
Another element of intrigue will be Manziel’s 40-yard dash time. On film he looks like one of the quickest guys out there, but I have a sneaking suspicion that Manziel will disappoint in his straight-line speed. If you watch the tape, Manziel is best at tricking guys with his speed, using change of direction and deception.
In a straight line, I would be shocked if Manziel posts a sub-4.5 in his 40.
For the record, I watched a ton of Manziel tape about a month ago, and I bought into his game immediately. For the longest time, my concerns had been about his recklessness with his body and his diminutive stature. But the more I learn about his confidence, the more I’m convinced that this guy has everything it takes to push past momentary failure. He is committed to greatness.
He plays with such arrogance not because he has always been the favorite but because he knows he grew up perpetually perceived as the underdog, at least at first glance. His attitude is a mockery at our own shallow attempts to predict and assess football talent. However, this mockery is geared more toward his opponents than his critics. He can see the doubt and surprise in their eye as well, and he lives to pull it out of them.
For those hoping to see Johnny Football throw in Indy, don’t get your hopes up. According to Manziel’s agent, Erik Burkhardt, per Daniel Kim of NFL.com, Manziel will not be throwing at the combine. Instead, he has elected to throw for scouts at his March 27th pro day.