Texas A&M quarterback and aspiring first overall pick Johnny Manziel said that he would measure in at 72 inches “on the dot” when he got to the combine this week.
It’s a good thing that Manziel’s football future doesn’t hinge on his ability to guess his own height down to a precise inch. Manziel came in a shade under six feet tall when he was measured in Indianapolis on Friday, landing at 5-foot-11 3/4 and 207 pounds in the final reckoning.
That’s hardly bad news for Manziel. Teams knew how tall he was generally and a quarter-inch isn’t going to be a deal breaker for a team that’s interested in Manziel’s overall package. Teddy Bridgewater came in at 6-foot-2 1/8 and Blake Bortles towered over the other two projected early picks at 6-foot-5.
Even if someone is concerned about Manziel’s height, they’ll likely be happy to see that Manziel’s hand size isn’t a problem at all. Manziel’s hands measured 9 7/8 inches, bigger than both Bridgewater or Bortles and big enough to handle the football as both a thrower and runner.