Sunday, February 23, 2014
Manziel fourth-fastest among quarterbacks
By Tania Ganguli
INDIANAPOLIS -- Former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel won't throw, but he ran today in the NFL combine. His official 40 time ranked fourth among quarterback prospects at 4.68 seconds.
Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas ran the fastest official 40 time at 4.61 seconds. Stephen Morris from Miami was next at 4.63, South Carolina's Connor Shaw ran 4.66, followed by Manziel and Fresno State's Derek Carr, who ran a 4.69.
We'll have more official times as the day goes on. A couple other notable ones were UCF quarterback Blake Bortles, who ran a 4.93 and Alabama's A.J. McCarron, who ran 4.94.
Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater did not run. He also won't throw.
As a means of comparison, last season the fastest quarterback was a guy named Brandon Kelsey out of Midwestern State. He ran a 4.52. Jets quarterback Geno Smith ran a 4.59.
Speed is definitely not everything for a quarterback. You could argue it's one of the positions where pure speed matters the least. Still, just like everything over the next few weeks, it becomes part of teams' overall evaluation.