Johnny Manziel is having his Pro Day workout today with his Texas A&M teammates and, more and more, his size limitations are becoming a media issue. The same was said about guys like Joe Montana and Brees. The same was said about dozens of other quarterbacks who became trivia answers.
The advantage Manziel has is that his passing drills will likely include wide receiver Mike Evans, whose name has been thrown out as a top-10 selection himself. Blake Bortles and Teddy Bridgewater didn't have an elite teammate running under their passes. Manziel will and, all expectations are, that when the bright lights and live look-ins are being reported, he has the chance to control his own draft destiny.
Drafting a quarterback in the first round, especially in the top 10 picks, is a franchise roll of the dice. Throwing Snake Eyes or Box Cars can set a franchise back for years. There's something about using a first-round pick on a quarterback that makes the pressure to succeed grow the higher up the pick is.
Was Michael Vick worthy of Atlanta trading for to get the No. 1 pick? Not even close. San Diego was able to draft two Hall of Famers – LaDanian Tomlinson and Drew Brees – by trading out of the top spot.
Was Eli Manning worthy of the No. 1 pick? Happily married teammates had to have two rings sized for different fingers. Yeah. That worked out pretty well, despite some ups and downs. The ups were great.
The last time a team took a QB at No. 8 in the draft (Ryan Tannehill), that team (Miami) hired the head coach of his college team (Mike Sherman, ironically from Texas A&M) as his professional head coach. Tannehill remains in Miami. Sherman didn't.
Selecting a quarterback with the No. 8 pick is a question mark. He remained until No. 8 for a reason – seven teams said "no."
There is a mixed bag of opinions on Manziel's pro day. If he tears it up, he's gone before the Vikings can even consider picking him. If not, he's a wild card pick.
Johnny Manziel is going to make millions of dollars to be an NFL player. The question is how many millions and how many guaranteed millions? That may be finalized today. In the process, the Vikings could be finalizing their decision on whether to draft or pass on Johnny Football.
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.