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02/27/14 - 2014 NFL COMBINE: 10 TAKEAWAYS FROM INDIANAPOLIS: 4. Moving up in the first round of this draft is a legitimate accomplishment, as several long-time scouts praised it for its talent and depth. "I've been doing this 30 years," Pittsburgh Steelers' general manager Kevin Colbert said, "this is the deepest draft I've ever seen." A record 102 underclassmen entered this year's pool, which clearly improvement the depth of the talent pool but also added to its unpredictability. "The juniors added into it make it a very talented group," Colbert said. "With the juniors and redshirt sophomores, we are very cautiously optimistic about their emotional and physical readiness for this huge jump. Even though it's the most talented group I've seen, it's probably the most immature group." - The Sports Xchange
02/21/14 - 2014 NFL combine: Manziel falls just short of 6-foot mark...Before players run the 40-yard dash or participate in positional drills, they step on the scale and get measured for the “official” height, weight, hand size, arm length and wingspan. There usually aren't too many surprises among the seniors, but with the large number of underclassmen, we can finally get the exact numbers on the juniors and redshirt sophomores. And going into Friday, there were three main questions for the top quarterbacks in this group that were answered: Would Manziel get above 6-foot?
No, Johnny Manziel measured in at 5-11 3/4 and 207 pounds, but he also has the largest hands of any quarterback at the Combine (9 7/8 inches). Manziel has clearly worked his tail off in the locker room since arriving at Texas A&M, adding 35 pounds of muscle to his smaller frame. And with his big hands (and size 15 shoes), it wasn't the worst-case scenario weigh-in for Johnny Football, despite not reaching the 6-foot mark. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
02/20/14 - 2014 NFL Combine: From 40 times to Fritos, 10 Bold Predictions: 1. How brittle is Manziel's chip? While he has already announced that he won't be participating in any athletic testing until his personal pro day March 27, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel remains the "big" story of the 2014 draft, and therefore by extension the combine. Just how big remains to be seen. Manziel was officially listed at 6-1, 210 pounds by the Aggies and what he actually measures in at will be the first of many important tests he'll face in Indianapolis. Another will be what kind of composure he'll show when facing critics who question his assertion that if the Houston Texans select anyone other than him at No. 1, it will be "the worst decision they've ever made."
Electing not to compete on the field at the combine could prove one of the worst decisions Manziel has ever made. While no one questions Manziel's confidence or improvisational skill, there are plenty of concerns about his accuracy, including when standing still in the pocket - a trait certain to be tested in the combine's drills but not necessarily as much so during Manziel's choreographed session a month and a half from now. Should Bridgewater, Central Florida's Blake Bortles or Fresno State's Derek Carr take advantage of Manziel's absence with a spectacular throwing session in Indianapolis, they could be the quarterback vaulting up draft boards. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
02/20/14 - 2014 NFL Draft Scout Pre-Combine Top 64 Prospects: 7. *Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M, 6-0, 210, 4.45, 1...One of the most dynamic performers in college football history must now prove he can continue his magic in a league even tougher than the SEC, where in only two years he collected 9,989 total yards (7,,820 passing, 2,169 rushing), 93 touchdowns (63 passing, 30 running) and a Heisman Trophy (first freshman winner, 2012). He maintains flamboyant, spontaneous, vociferous style on and off the field, which concerns some who question his focus. But that's the package, which now includes his unpopular decision not to throw at combine. Otherwise, he has amazing football instincts, and an adequate arm with great accuracy. Can he produce in the NFL? The honest answer is, for now, nobody really knows. Some team must roll the dice to find out. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
02/12/14 - Johnny Manziel sets date for private workout...The next time most NFL talent evaluators are likely to see Johnny Manziel throw a football is March 27. That is the date of Manziel's personal on-campus workout in College Station, with the Houston Chronicle's John McClain reporting Manziel will skip the Aggies' March 5 team pro day. Manziel has not announced whether he will throw at the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis -- quarterback passing drills are scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 23 -- but he has been working in the San Diego area with noted quarterbacks guru George Whitfield Jr. along with Baylor's Bryce Petty and Rice quarterback Nate German. They are among 14 FBS starters expected to work with Whitfield in March, according to McClain.
Manziel has been working on his mechanics, and it is not uncommon for top quarterback prospects to schedule their own pro days, choosing the time for NFL teams to flock to their campuses to watch them throw to familiar receivers. Manziel is the No. 3-rated quarterback and No. 7 prospect overall, according to current NFLDraftScout.com ratings. However, he remains one of this draft's most polarizing prospects with a high-profile off-field life to go along with a skill set that has scouts debating his NFL potential. NFLDraftScout.com analysts Rob Rang and Dane Brugler both have Manziel going No. 4 overall to the Cleveland Browns in their current mock drafts, although he is not among the top 10 on Rang's Big Board. - The Sports Xchange