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NFL Draft: Johnny Manziel the latest proof that quarterback height isn't hindrance to success

Many people have wondered if Johnny Manziel’s size will be a hindrance to his NFL prospects, but the former Texas A&M superstar is likely to be a top-10 selection when the 2014 NFL Draft begins Thursday night.
by Jason Kersey Modified: May 6, 2014 at 9:47 pm •  Published: May 6, 2014
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Matt Edmonds watches the way football is played today and wonders what his life might be like if he was about 10 years younger.

“Sometimes I definitely think that,” said Mustang’s former star quarterback.

Many people have wondered if Johnny Manziel’s size will be a hindrance to his NFL prospects, but the former Texas A&M superstar is likely to be a top-10 selection when the 2014 NFL Draft begins Thursday night. Standing at 6-feet tall, though, Manziel’s improvisation skills and mobility turned him into a Heisman Trophy winner and one of the most electric players in college football history.

Edmonds was only 5-foot-6 when he led Mustang to the 2005 Class 6A state championship game, but in many ways, was like a poor man’s Manziel during his historic senior season. He tossed a state-record 42 touchdown passes and threw for 3,778 yards that year, but Division I coaches never came calling because of his size.

Quarterbacks these days, though, don’t necessarily have to have the prototypical height to be successful — especially if they can bring that additional element of mobility like Manziel.

OU quarterback Trevor Knight is 6-foot-1, and said he’s loved watching guys without Peyton Manning’s size succeed in football before him.

“To watch the way those guys compete every day and the way they’ve seen success, it’s definitely encouraging,” Knight said. “They’re all great players, and regardless of their height, they’re getting it done.”

During Sugar Bowl preparations, Knight even had the opportunity to meet one of his idols, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees.

The Sooners practiced all week at the Saints’ practice facility, and one day, Brees was there after practice.

“I got to stop and talk with him for a second,” Knight said. “He’s an awesome guy. It was a pretty special moment for me, growing up a big Drew Brees fan.”

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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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