NFL Combine Report: Johnny Manziel

by Greg Pollowitz

Scouts are worried Manziel is too short to play QB in the NFL, but he has the hand size:

A week after promising he would measure “72 inches on the dot” at the NFL Scouting Combine, quarterback Johnny Manziel came up just short of the mark in the official measurement early Friday morning.

The former Texas A&M quarterback many expect to be taken in the top three picks in the NFL Draft, came in at 5–foot-11 3/4, and weighed 207 pounds, according to NFL Media analysts Gil Brandt and Daniel Jeremiah.

Manziel’s height is among NFL scouting concerns about his pro potential, although he is widely considered one of the top three quarterbacks in the draft, along with Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater and Central Florida’s Blake Bortles.

Manziel’s hand size, also important to NFL scouts for quarterback evaluations (particularly smaller quarterbacks), measured large as advertised at 9 7/8 inches.

For comparison purposes, third-round pick (2012) and now NFL-Super-Bowl-winning QB Russell Wilson from the Seahawks measured in at 5′11″ with 10 1/4″ hands

And I found this amazing stat:

Not a single quarterback under 6’0” has been drafted in the first two rounds since the 5’10” Ted Marchibroda went No. 5 overall to Pittsburgh in 1953.

Looks like Manziel will break that streak.