INDIANAPOLIS -- Johnny Manziel met the media at the NFL scouting combine.
Here’s a sampling of what he had to say -- after being measured at 5-foot-11 and 3/4:
Asked if he could comment on his measurables (height, weight): “No sir. I play with a lot of heart, play with a lot of passion. I feel like I play like I’m 10 feet tall.”
On the biggest misconception about his game: “I’m looking forward to showing up all the people that are saying that I’m just an improviser. Feel like I worked extremely hard this year to all-around hone in on my game, so continuing to do that, working out in San Diego, continuing to do that and getting better as a pocket passer and as a quarterback in general.”
On the difference between Johnny Manziel and Johnny Football: “Johnny Manziel is a guy, I’m from a small town of Kerrville, Texas, 20,000 people. Get lost in kind of the people who make me out to be a big Hollywood guy. Really just still a small-town kid.”
On what separates him from the other top quarterbacks in the draft: “I feel like I play the game with a lot of heart and a lot of passion that really is unrivaled. It’s the way I was brought up, the way that I was taught from when I started playing competitive football in high school. My coach, coach Julius Scott at Kerrville High, it didn’t matter who you were, what kind of player you were, he treated everybody the same and really taught me no matter what the situation was, fight til the very end and don’t show any weakness really.”
On what makes him special: “I’m probably one of the most competitive people on the face of this earth, whether it’s sitting here playing tic-tac-toe or rock, paper, scissors or whatever it may be, I want to win. It’s something that really, dating back all the way to being a kid, I don’t like the taste of losing, leaves a really sour taste in my mouth. I’m an extremely competitive person, at the same time I want to be a great leader as well.”
On why he’s not throwing at the combine: “I’m participating in everything except the throwing. From what I’ve told every team, if they want to work me out privately, any throw they want to see me make at my pro day, any interview, any question they want to ask me, any throw they want to see me make at any time, I’m more than willing to do that. I’ll be in a situation March 27 where I’ll have Mike Evans and a group of receivers that I’ve very comfortable with, very familiar with that I want to give those guys an opportunity to go and show what they can showcase as well. Extremely hard decision for me not to throw here, I’m an extremely competitive person. It’s something that my agent really kind of advised me on, but at the same time telling these teams anything they want to see, anything they want to hear from me, more than willing.”