No shortage of opinions on Texas A&M star Johnny Manziel

No shortage of opinions on Texas A&M star Johnny Manziel
February 26, 2014, 6:45 pm
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Scott Krinch

Everybody has an opinion on Johnny Manziel

Whether it's Barry Switzer calling him "an arrogant little prick," Ron Jaworski labeling him a "project" or Gil Brandt ranking him the No. 1 overall prospect in the 2014 NFL Draft. The consensus outlook on Manziel is a complete mixed bag.

Coincidentally, the Houston Texans -- from Manziel's hometown state -- hold the first overall pick in the NFL Draft. Although, the two names linked mostly to the Texans have been Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.

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Manziel's height and hard-partying ways have been two of the focal points of criticism among draft pundits, but the former Heisman Trophy winner was one of the standouts at the NFL Scouting Combine. He finished with the fourth best 40-yard dash time among quarterbacks as he was clocked at 4.68. Manziel also notched a QB-best 4.03 short shuttle time during his workout.

But the way Manziel was able to help put an end to some of the misconceptions regarding his attitude may have been what stood out the most in Indianapolis.

"Johnny Manziel is a guy, I’m from a small town of Kerrville, Texas, 20,000 people," Manziel said. "Get lost in kind of the people who make me out to be a big Hollywood guy, really just still a small-town kid. Sometimes you get caught up in certain things, but at the same time continuing to learn and continuing to adapt to everything that’s going on in my life. I’m not saying it’s always easy, but continuing to be who I’ve always been is a big thing for me."

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Manziel drew arguably the biggest crowd outside of Missouri's Michael Sam for his media session and Andrew Perloff, also known as 'McLovin' from The Dan Patrick Show, thought Manziel handled the pressure with extreme ease.

"Manziel is so polished. He had a message he wanted to get out," Perloff said. "I think Manziel is going to be a great team player. He's a star, he's like a Beatle walking around this place."

Scouts will get one last look at Manziel before May's NFL Draft when he competes in his Pro Day at Texas A&M on March 27.