Last week, I had breakfast with a current NFL offensive coordinator. We spent some time talking about the interviews during the NFL Combine in Indy.
Here's four tidbits he gave me on Johnny Manziel:
1) Did not see any issues with his arm strength. On tape, his throws that lacked velocity are because of his throwing positions at the time (on the move, across his body, etc). Generally speaking, can make all the throws and can "spin it." He said he doesn't have an elite arm, but arm is good enough and not a red flag.
2). Was surprised at his slight build. He said you could tell he's added muscle to his frame, but not not a big guy by any means. Was discussed in context of "could he take the week in and week out punishment of the NFL?" He brought up a great point on Peyton Manning that I have never really heard ... said Peyton is incredibly strong through his lower body, one of the main reasons he has been able to stay in the pocket and deliver the ball throughout his career. Said early in his career, heard Peyton worked overtime building his lower body strength for this reason and still does today.
3). Here's the shocker to some degree ... he asked Manziel what he would do in certain scenarios -- based on what the defense was showing. He said that Manziel answered each time, that he didn't know, couldn't answer the question ... and that he wasn't taught the nuances of the QB position A&M. "They just snapped me the ball and wanted me to make a play," was his general response when asked.
4). Thought Manziel was incredibly respectful and thought very highly of him -- treated the interview process with humility, respect and professionalism. Despite the fact he didn't know many/if any answers to the technical questions of the position, thought he was a high football IQ prospect.
It was interesting breakfast to say the least.
SOURCE: writer from 247 sports, speculative to say the least, however i thought it was a good read, so i wanted to share it