In just a few hours Johnny Manziel will officially become an NFL quarterback, joining a small but elite group of men who have that privilege.
But, on the day of the NFL Draft, one member of that group has questioned whether the former Texas A&M quarterback can handle life in the pro league.
Two-time Super Bowl winner, Ben Roethlisberger, seem to cast doubt on Manziel's physical stature (or lack of) when describing a discussion he had had with Pittsburgh Steelers teammate, Joey Porter:
“I was in the weight room the other day with Joey Porter, (and he was) asking me what I thought about Manziel,” Roethlisberger said.
“I looked at Joey and said, ‘Joey, do you think if you got a good hit on him, that he would be OK? And he said, ‘No, not at all.’ And that’s my question.
“You have guys like Joey Porter, who’s a big guy, guys that are fast like Troy (Polamalu), Ike Taylor coming off the edge, Lawrence Timmons. You’d better be real athletic, get down or be big” to absorb the pounding an NFL quarterback can take. “I think he definitely has a lot of upside, but let’s wait and see,” concluded the 32-year-old.
Manziel measured in at 6' 0" at the Scouting Combine and has had to deal with questions about his physique throughout his career with many preferring the traditional big man at quarterback.
Roethlisberger is clearly in that camp, picking Blake Bortles to prosper in the NFL when asked in the same interview.
Both Bortles and Manziel are amongst the top quarterbacks in the 2014 draft class and both young stars are set to discover their future franchise homes at Radio City Music Hall this evening.