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Friday, February 21, 2014
Quarterback day begins with measurements

By Tania Ganguli


INDIANAPOLIS -- We began Friday at the NFL scouting combine with measurements at the start of the quarterbacks' journey.

Johnny Manziel wasn't quite six feet tall, like he insisted he was earlier this week. The former Texas A&M quarterback measured just a quarter of an inch short of six feet, but his hands measured a gigantic nine and 7/8ths inches, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. By comparison, Houston Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins' hands measured at 10 inches last year. Another comparison: Russell Wilson was slightly shorter but with bigger hands.

Former Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater measured at six-foot-two, 214 pounds with hands 9.25 inches. Amid all the Manziel madness, it's important not to forget about Bridgewater, a quarterback some people think will really impress Texans coach Bill O'Brien when they talk.

Former UCF quarterback Blake Bortles measured in at 6-foot-5, 232 pounds with nine and 3/8 inch hands.

We'll talk to Manziel on Friday at some point, and should get Bridgewater and Bortles, too.

Also on today's combine schedule are appearances from O'Brien and Texans general manager Rick Smith. This will likely be the last time we talk to them until just before the draft, so stay tuned for more on free agents, current Texans and their draft philosophies.