If there is ever a player who stands taller than his actual height, it is Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel. The NFL draft prospect came up just a little short in his prediction that he would measure 6 feet. According to SI.com on Feb. 21, the former Heisman Trophy winner checked in at 5-foot-11 and 3/4 Friday morning at the NFL scouting combine.
Manziel was just a quarter-of-an-inch off, but it shouldn't hurt him in the long run because he is more of a playmaker type of quarterback rather and a pocket passer. His ability to escape and create on the run should negate any issue of his height.
The projected No.1 draft pick talked about the success of another short quarterback, Russell Wilson, as paving the way for his own future and success in the league.
"I think he's kicked the door wide open," Manziel told the Houston Chronicle. "You're seeing more guys being successful avoiding that first wave of pressure - get out and do things outside the pocket."
But will his ability to do things outside the pocket be enough for teams to draft him over taller quarterbacks like Teddy Bridgewater (6-2 1/8) and Blake Bortles (6-5)? That will depend on intangibles quarterbacks like Drew Brees and Wilson possess. And that is determination, confidence and leadership.
Both quarterbacks also had a chip on their shoulders to deflate the stigma in the NFL regarding "short" quarterbacks. Johnny Manziel will have to have that same chip on his shoulder as well as the determination, confidence and leadership it takes to make it in the NFL. He is telling everyone he is that guy, but which team will believe in him? That is the question that will be answered on draft day.