Johnny Manziel is the most polarizing player possibly in the history of the NFL draft.
The former Texas A&M Aggies quarterback has a lot of upside but he also comes with the potential to be a complete and utter devastating draft bust for whichever team he lands at.
Minnesota Vikings new head coach Mike Zimmer is a tough no-nonsense kind of guy and when he met with Manziel he wanted to make sure he'd get the winning quarterback and not the "Johnny Football' persona that's constantly hanging out with celebs, getting drunk and constantly being in the public eye.
"We asked him all kinds of questions. We went to dinner with him the night after (his pro day). We talked to him at the combine. There are some flags that come up," Zimmer told 104.9 The Horn.
Despite his inexperience as a head coach and his background coming in as a defensive co-ordinator at the Bengals, Zimmer knows the importance of the starting quarterback and the type of guy a team needs at the position.
"All of the things that happened out in Los Angeles, the commercials and all that stuff," he added. "The position of quarterback in the NFL is such an important position and the reason these guys need to be a totally football-minded guy is the pressure of the position and being the face of an NFL team and doing everything right.
So naturally Zimmer felt the need to really nail Manziel with hard questions and try to get to the root cause of who he really is.
"That's the thing you want to know about him: Will he be into work early every single day? Will be the last to leave? Will he be the guy that is working the hardest to get better?"
It really doesn't sound like a fun dinner at all for the young play caller, but when a team is going to take a risk on you with such a high draft pick and dedicate their starting QB spot to you, they need to know how you'll react and whether you can devote yourself to the game, a la Peyton Manning and Drew Brees etc.
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