While Johnny Manziel declined to throw at the combine, he did other drills, including a quick 40-yard dash. Manziel’s 4.68 was the fourth fastest time run by a quarterback on Sunday and underlines the threat he poses with his mobility.
All of which is pretty impressive, since Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported this week that Manziel had essentially ignored training for the combine in place of working on his mechanics and other issues.
In other words: worrying about football rather than drills.
What Manziel couldn’t train for was to improve his height.
Manziel had said he would be 6’1” but topped just 5’11” while he weighed in at 207 pounds.
Certainly disappointing, but it's not quite the end of the world.
Dane Brugler of CBSSports.com reported on Twitter that over the course of three years at Texas A&M, Manziel had added 35 pounds.
With concerns about durability and size, that he could train up and add the weight is encouraging and will catch the attention of some teams and might help reduce that concern.
What will probably catch more of their attention, though, is what Jenna Laine of 1040/1080 The Team reported. Laine says she spoke to one scout who said Manziel has been crushing his team interviews.
With the biggest question mark being his maturity (or perceived lack thereof), this was an area Manziel had to be on point for.
When I saw him at the podium this weekend, he definitely was working hard to lay the groundwork to change the perception of his maturity and work ethic:
"I believe whenever I decided to make this decision to turn professional it was a time to really put my college years in the past. This is a job now. There’s guys’ families, coaches’ families and jobs and all kinds of things on the line. For me it’s nothing, it won’t be a hard thing to kick or anything really a hard deal to not do. I’m extremely focused on whatever organization I’ll be at and really pouring my heart out trying to be football 24/7 with that team."
Manziel will need to prove that on the field, but clearly both in and outside of the interview room, he’s begun to try and show he’s ready to put “Johnny Football” behind him.
**All quotes acquired firsthand while at the 2014 NFL combine**