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Johnny Manziel clocks 4.56 in the 40


Height isn’t the only similarity between Johnny Manziel and Russell Wilson.

Manziel showed at the Scouting Combine that he also has Wilson’s speed, clocking a 4.56-second 40-yard dash. Wilson ran a 4.55-second 40-yard dash at the Combine two years ago.

That was the fastest time among the quarterbacks who ran this morning. It’s also faster than any quarterback ran at last year’s Combine.

Not everyone believes Manziel is as good a passer as Wilson, and not everyone believes Manziel is the same kind of leader Wilson is. But there’s not much doubt that they have similar tools as athletes.

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51 Responses to “Johnny Manziel clocks 4.56 in the 40”
  1. lennydpocketqb says: Feb 23, 2014 10:11 AM

    Game on.

  2. corkspop says: Feb 23, 2014 10:15 AM

    Fast, big hands, strong arm, makes the throws, and wins. Whenever and wherever he plays…. he’s going to be fun to watch. Should be a top 10 pick. Have yet to see a reason why not.

  3. vusnu says: Feb 23, 2014 10:15 AM

    Methinks Johnny Football will soon become Johnny out of Football before you know it.

  4. craigkintexas says: Feb 23, 2014 10:17 AM

    He does 4.56 forwards, backwards to the left or right.

  5. majikwen says: Feb 23, 2014 10:17 AM

    ESPN doesn’t like him so he’s not a leader, hhmmmmm. ESPN is in lock step with Johnny Manziel, every talking head is treating him as if he were a rich,conservative republican (oh yeah, his family is rich, don’t know his politics ), he may have told ESPN to go pound sand, i don’t know…… maybe cus he’s white and straight.

  6. mybrunoblog says: Feb 23, 2014 10:19 AM

    Johnny football= Johnny fast

  7. tvjules says: Feb 23, 2014 10:20 AM

    Johnny IR, unless he learns how to stay in the pocket.

  8. alshonbrandontandem says: Feb 23, 2014 10:22 AM

    Tough spot for this kid. He’ll get drafted high (Hou, Jax, Clev or Oak) but will have to play for a bad team (Hou excluded) & will get roughed up early. Fans will be calling for his head. But you’ll make your millions.

  9. steeler1nation says: Feb 23, 2014 10:31 AM

    It’s ok, but Terrelle Pryor ran a 4.3 … now THAT is impressive.

  10. dbatrox21 says: Feb 23, 2014 10:35 AM

    Houston is really, the ideal spot for him to go. Nice mix of vets at the right spots, not that far away from being competitive, and a strong head coach. He could make Houston into something they weren’t last year…relevant.

  11. nickp91 says: Feb 23, 2014 10:36 AM

    Johnny Football was fastest among QBs

  12. shoesfinest says: Feb 23, 2014 10:37 AM

    Out of the league and in prison by the end of his rookie contract. Please Cleveland please take him. He’s as dysfunctional as the Browns. Perfect fit!

  13. ryanaammess says: Feb 23, 2014 10:43 AM

    Id like to see the nfl get sued, lose the anti-trust and non profit status and have the draft and salary cap abolished. These union reps are a joke.

  14. elliottcovert says: Feb 23, 2014 10:44 AM

    Wilson is a lot more stout than Manziel and has a body type with more muscle on it that can absorb hits better. On top of that, he has a natural knack for avoiding hits in the first place, which can’t be said of Manziel.

  15. stupadassle26 says: Feb 23, 2014 10:48 AM

    He’ll be a bust

  16. allhailkingflacco says: Feb 23, 2014 10:53 AM

    The guy is entertaining and I can’t wait to see him bring it to the NoFunLeague.

  17. tjacks7 says: Feb 23, 2014 11:16 AM

    Johnny Rocket

  18. grruffgrruff says: Feb 23, 2014 11:22 AM

    Bo Jackson ran a 4.12

  19. ajgreenhof says: Feb 23, 2014 11:23 AM

    Everyone is looking for the “it” factor that can’t be determined on paper. The it factor that seperates average from great.

    Russel Wilson has it.

  20. metalhead65 says: Feb 23, 2014 11:25 AM

    it still amazes me that with all he and others accomplished playing the game what they do here has any impact on where they are drafted. last time I checked they do not play the game in their under wear or run in a straight line with nobody chasing them. a quarter inch under 6 ft. does not make him any less of a player.

  21. ravenswhat says: Feb 23, 2014 11:28 AM

    Oakland just offered Houston every 1st rounder through 2020 for their pick.

  22. djshnooks says: Feb 23, 2014 12:34 PM

    I can’t wait to see this kid get absolutely LAID OUT by an NFL defender.

  23. thestrategyexpert says: Feb 23, 2014 12:39 PM

    He has the speed and the willingness to use it. That’s a very scary combination.

  24. mrwalterisgod says: Feb 23, 2014 12:48 PM

    Not sure I’d take this kid top 5. Not nearly polished enough for that, he takes alot of chances throwing the ball.

    1st round for sure but top 5? No.

  25. squishman says: Feb 23, 2014 12:59 PM

    “Johnny IR, unless he learns how to stay in the pocket.”

    Fran Tarkenton said he never got hurt scrambling. The only time he got hurt was in the pocket, including a broken leg. He is also very high on Manzel.

  26. officialgame says: Feb 23, 2014 1:04 PM

    If I’m the Texans I’m rolling the dice and taking Manzeil 1st overall. How can they not? He hails from Texas, was a Texas High School football star, won the Heisman as freshman for Texas A&M, they call him Johnny Football, and he plays 10′ tall. It’s written in the Texas stars.

  27. harrycanyon says: Feb 23, 2014 1:13 PM

    How fast were most of the winning Super Bowl QBs of late. I’d take slow ass Brady or Manning over any running QB in the game.

  28. mikeymo74 says: Feb 23, 2014 1:14 PM

    He will be a guaranteed bust. He has all the hallmarks of a typical bust, being that he has the flash and the stats that fool the casual fan and idiot GM without having the substance and work ethic that it takes to be a successful NFL QB.

  29. babygaga19 says: Feb 23, 2014 1:15 PM

    4.56 is disappointing in that he ran a 4.2 from the NCAA autograph investigators.

  30. birdbrainsnj says: Feb 23, 2014 1:26 PM

    Manziel will bomb. He has no arm strength and throws so many jump balls. He’s going to be a walking turnover. Mark my words.

  31. monkeyhateclean says: Feb 23, 2014 1:36 PM

    Imagine Brett Favre not only being able to scramble, but take it to the house.

    This kid is going to blow the door off your league. Goodell.

  32. praetorian12 says: Feb 23, 2014 1:45 PM

    NFL Network says his official time was 4.68. oops.

  33. thetooloftools says: Feb 23, 2014 1:57 PM

    I was screaming (like Chef Michael Symon) for the Browns to take Russell Wilson but we were shouted down. Wilson walk out out of NC and into Cheezeville and started right away and had great success that year. How could that NOT transition to the pros as he is a leader and is smart?
    I hope they they the Browns get Bridgewater. This young man is a true leader as well.

  34. anonymous135 says: Feb 23, 2014 2:09 PM

    Didn’t Andrew Luck and Cam Newton run the same 4.56?

    And he’s 5’10″…

    Like Russell Wilson, except RW3.. he’s on entire level of brilliant in terms of knowing when and how.

    Imagine if RGIII could hone those instincts.. or maybe he was miscoached (from what I’ve read, sounds plausible)…

    That’s the difference in guys like Flutie and Brees.. they’re cerebral.. not sure Johnny Football is at that level.

    Hope he has to work ethic to achieve it though, certainly has above average physical tools that would be enhanced to elite with the proper coaching and dedication like these other success’s.

    He’s a college kid who earned the pinnacle of success early in his career.. certainly won’t fault him for being a kid living a dream.. I’m sure he’s ready to man up now and be a pro…

  35. drunkenagitator says: Feb 23, 2014 2:22 PM

    NFL fans are so stupid it boggles the mind. Manziel is far and away the best player in the draft and he’ll win multiple Super Bowls before he’s finished.

  36. taintedsaints2009 says: Feb 23, 2014 2:33 PM

    it be dumb not to draft him just because of the fan/media draw he will have for atleast 2 years

  37. bullethead527 says: Feb 23, 2014 2:46 PM

    For being smaller then Luck and Newton, I thought he would run a sub 4.40.

    Look forward to watching this kid play in the NFL…..

  38. v2787 says: Feb 23, 2014 2:51 PM

    Manziel is a head case. If he becomes a star in the NFL, I’ll be very, very surprised.

  39. nfl4days says: Feb 23, 2014 3:30 PM

    Official 4.68. A little faster than Aaron Rodgers.

  40. russellwilsonatemyhomework says: Feb 23, 2014 3:36 PM

    I knew Russell Wilson. Russel Wilson was a friend of mind. And you, Johnny Football, are no Russell Wilson.

  41. borisbulldog says: Feb 23, 2014 3:41 PM

    Once out of the pocket, the speed of NLF DE’s and LB’s will turn him into Johnny Injured!

  42. drgreenstreak says: Feb 23, 2014 4:38 PM

    The unfortunate truth is that Johnny Football is NOT a leader. Therefore, the fat guys aren’t gonna go 100% for him. In fact, they will tire of him quickly. The NFL ain’t College Station, Texas.

  43. nizzledizzleshizzle says: Feb 23, 2014 4:54 PM

    the next tebow for sure

  44. okeedokeesmokee says: Feb 23, 2014 4:55 PM


  45. beastmode5150 says: Feb 23, 2014 5:09 PM

    Lots of players run 40’s during games…

  46. donnymacjack says: Feb 23, 2014 5:17 PM

    I hope the Jags get him. Pete Carroll can share his playbook with Gus Bradley and Gus could have a winning team next year. One more step towards turning the Jags into a playoff contender.

    I’d love to see a Jags/Hawks SB VX

  47. scbaby2013 says: Feb 23, 2014 6:02 PM

    I hope he does well God knows the nfl needs good qbs

  48. t8ertot says: Feb 23, 2014 7:54 PM


  49. stagedoorjohnny says: Feb 23, 2014 8:41 PM

    Johnny M – you seem to have the attitude, now go for it. Too players had the ability but not the attitude. Be hungry, a little on the angry side and say to yourself what Russell Wilson’s father said to him…”Why not you?”.

  50. dfpoor says: Feb 23, 2014 9:34 PM

    Falcons will take him at #6. Then they will trade Matty Miss for an OL or DL.

  51. seaeagle707 says: Feb 24, 2014 2:39 AM

    Wilson never had the media hype machine dogging his every college move. Wilson had to sell Pete, on his abilities to start for the Seahawks. Wilson has had to earn his respect in the NFL. Wilson has been a remarkable success in just two short years.

    Now we’ll see if the hype machine’s wunderkind can measure up to Wilson’s achievements in his first two years. If he doesn’t the excuses will flow, about Seattle’s D winning all the games, etc., etc.

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