Feb 23, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Eastern Illinois quarterback James Garoppolo (FL), Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback A.J. McCarron (L), Louisville Cardinals quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (R), and Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel (FR) look on during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Potential No. 1 overall draft pick Johnny Manziel ran the 40-yard dash for team officials and scouts at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis with an unofficial time of 4.56 on Sunday.
Manziel, a Heisman Trophy winning QB from Texas A&M, was the fastest compared to other QBs who have the opportunity to be drafted by the Houston Texans or in the Top 5.
Click here for the video of Manziel’s 40-yard dash from the NFL Combine.
Teddy Bridgewater (Louisville) didn’t run the 40-yard dash, while Blake Bortles (Central Florida) ran a time of 4.81. Derek Carr (Fresno State), who could potentially be drafted in the first round ran a time of 4.65. All times are unofficial.
Others times for QBs in the 40-yard dash included Tajh Boyd (Clemson) with a time of 4.75 and Jimmy Garoppolo (Eastern Illinois) at 4.93.
For a QB I really don’t put a lot of stock in a 40-yard dash time because the games are a whole different animal than running in a straight line for scouts. Don’t get me wrong, the scouting combine is important, but I want to see what happens on the field in actual games.
I will say I’m impressed with the time of Manziel and that should jump over to the NFL in a positive way. Like I’ve always said, I just don’t want to see Manziel be the all-or-nothing scrambling QB, because it makes me worry about how well he’ll be able to hold up against the grind of constant hits of an NFL game. He has a good arm, but I always question how ready he is for the NFL level of football.
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