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Is Johnny Manziel too small to play quarterback in NFL?

Johnny Manziel participating in NFL combine
Johnny Manziel participating in NFL combine
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Johnny Manziel measured a hair under 6’0” tall at the NFL combine on Friday. Now that the Texas A&M star is officially listed at 5’11” ¾ inches, the hype about how tall Manziel can finally die down.

Of course that’s only wishful thinking, but at least we know that Johnny Manziel is taller than Super Bowl winning QB Russell Wilson. The stigma of performing as a short quarterback may be changing, but NFL scouts are not going to change overnight. reported that Bruce Arians said the lack of height would cause additional questions for teams planning to draft Johnny Manziel. Arians is one of the few coaches that played Seattle and he was the first coach to hand Russell Wilson a home loss in two seasons.

However, Wilson was not a first round draft pick after his final year of college. The comparisons with Manziel may be a little overstated. They both are around the same height, and they both made plays all over the field, but Manziel played far fewer games than Russell Wilson did in college. Therefore, the learning curve could be that much more.

If you ask Pete Carroll, his opinion will be biased, but he see’s no problem with Johnny Manziel’s height. Great players make great plays at any size.

Johnny Manziel measured in with the largest hands (9 7/8 inches) of any quarterback in this year’s draft. That should help when the defensive ends try for the strip sack.


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