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NFL Scouting Combine Johnny Manziel amon

PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 2:00 pm
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Quarterbacks, receivers and running backs faced the media Saturday at the NFL Scouting Combine. It was the second day of full activity, and already significant i sues developed.One name keeps circulating in news from Indianapolis: Johnny Manziel. Not that the Texas A&M quarterback is alone in the spotlight.Offensive linemen, including the 2014 NFL Draft's deep and talented tackle cla s, took the field Saturday. Also involved in Carl Banks Jersey workouts were tight ends and special teams players.Also percolating: quotes from new Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien and other team officials. Here's what we are watching:Manziel's sizeEvaluators knew Manziel wasn't big. Listed at 6-1 in college, he appeared smaller on game days. Friday provided proof: He is 5-11 and change, and 207 pounds. Those are the second-lowest numbers of any quarterback in attendance.Why is this important? Since 1960, one quarterback shorter that 6 feet has been a first-round pick: Michael Vick.Manziel's size wasn't ideal, especially for a quarterback with his playing style and willingne s to expose himself to big hits. However, CBS Sports' Dane Brugler noted via Twitter that Manziel put on 35 pounds in three years at A&M.That is a testament to Manziel's work ethic. It also brings into question whether Manziel can get larger. Ru sell Wilson is proof size isn't everything in an NFL quarterback. The ball is in Manziel's hands.Freaky armsIn the copycat NFL, teams crave receivers to match the current hot item. In this case, it's the Chicago Bears' Alshon Jeffrey, a physical, powerful wide receiver with long arms. Two receivers fit that mold based on game films and Combine measurements.Mike Evans, a Manziel teammate at A&M, has 35 1/8-inch arms. Kelvin Benjamin, of Florida State, was a shade le s at 34 7/8 inches. They have the longest arms of any receivers in attendance, and measured longer than Jeffery's 33-inch arms.The question now is: Can Evans and Benjamin can use their arm length in a similar fashion to Jeffery?Other size mattersOdell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry left LSU a year early, and these friends are viewed among the best wide receivers in the 2014 Draft cla s. They are talented and have differing styles.Measurements provided two interesting facts about them: Both are le s than 6 feet talk, and both have large hands.Teams see hand size as a strong indication of receiving ability and potential, and both Beckham and Landry measured out at longer than 10 inches.Tight fitSaturday's workouts could increase the buzz about Notre Dame tight end Troy Niklas. Viewed as the best developmental prospect at DJ Fluker Jersey his position, Niklas has upside as a blocker and could enhance his value beyond his early grade of a second-round pick.Scouts want to see even more from Niklas this week, and a strong Combine performance could shove him into first round consideration.Muscling upHere's what you need to know about Joe Don Duncan. He's a small-school tight end ever heard of Dixie State? And he got scouts' attention by doing 35 reps in the bench pre s.A Division II star the past three years, Duncan was forced out of the Senior Bowl because of an injury. Scouts are intrigued by what he can offer, and if he tests well he could get into the third round discu sion in a deep cla s.Dixie State? Not, it's not in the South it's in St. Will Tye Jersey George, Utah. You'll find it on a map basically in the middle of nowhere.Bench testsLong arms are a ble sing and a curse for offensive tackles in Combine testing. Teams want blockers with a wingspan to keep onrushing opponents at bay. But in the bench pre s long arms mean players have a greater distance to raise weight.For Auburn's Greg Robinson and Tenne see's Antonio Richardson, length wasn't a problem. Both men hasve 35-inch arms. Richardson did 36 reps; Robinson did 32. Both raised their stock.Trading downEveryone wants to know what GM Les Snead will do with the second overall pick, the one his St. Louis Rams obtained from the Washington Redskins. It appears Snead will do exactly as teams expect: trade it for additional a sets.The Rams' decision two years ago to trade out of the No. 2 netted one of the biggest hauls in recent draft history. You'll remember that as the deal the Redskins used to select Robert Griffin III. The Rams turned picks they acquired into key a sets in their development.Snead's roster doesn't have glaring needs, so trading out of No. 2 and getting additional picks in the early rounds would further increase the Rams' depth.Is Snead serious about trading down or just creating leverage to sweeten the deal? You decide.The second overall pick, he said, "is a nice a set. As an organization, we need to make the best of that a set like any busine s would do. So that's definitely an option. Not saying that will happen, but we'll evaluate and analyze all situations."Bortles-to-Houston buzz buildingThe Texans own the first overall pick and thus must decide what's best for their future. Do they take Jadeveon Clowney, the draft's best player, and add an elite talent to an already impre sive defense? Or do they addre s their need at quarterback? And if so, whom will they choose?Sentiment in Houston is firmly with Manziel, according to reports. But here's another option to consider: Blake Bortles. Consider this quote from O'Brien, the new Texans coach, who mentions Bortles' coach at Central Florida:"Obviously I have a connection with George O'Leary and their coaching staff thinks very highly of [Bortles] there. He's athletic. He's a competitive guy. So it's been fun to watch him play on tape and it'll be good to watch him work out here."Big Red question markCarson Palmer established himself last Paul Perkins Jersey season, but the Arizona Cardinals are seeking a quarterback for coach Bruce Arians to develop. The team has plenty of options and currently sits at No. 20 overall.GM Steve Keim says the Cardinals are comfortable with Palmer. So it's likely Keim will look at a quarterback later in the draft. Unle s, po sibly, Bortles or Derek Carr are available when they select."With the supply and demand at quarterback, Carson at least puts us in the position where you don't have to force," Keim said. "And when I say force, you're sitting at 20 or wherever we are in the draft, and feel like we have to have one."