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Jim Harbaugh 'Impressed' with QB Johnny Manziel

Posted Feb 20, 2014

Although his team very likely won't be drafting a quarterback early on, the coach complimented the highly-touted signal-caller.

INDIANAPOLIS – The 49ers have a young, play-making signal-caller in the starting lineup, but that didn’t stop the team’s head coach from speaking highly about one of the top quarterback prospects available in the upcoming draft.

Don't worry Colin Kaepernick. Your job is safe.

But Johnny Manziel also known as “Johnny Football,” is a player who has “impressed” Jim Harbaugh over the years.

The 2012 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback out of Texas A&M figures to be a high draft pick, perhaps even a top-five selection, according to most mock drafts. Manziel, who will be on hand at the NFL Scouting Combine, won't be available when San Francisco makes the No. 30 overall selection even if the team was looking for a quarterback early on.

That being said, Harbaugh can still be a fan of Manziel’s brand of football. He recruited the Kerrville, Texas product when he was the head coach at Stanford, saying you "couldn't take your eye off" of Manziel as a prep.

"He's very competitive, he's a winner,” the 49ers coach said of the young quarterback. “I think those qualities translate very well to the NFL."

The 49ers only other quarterback on the roster is McLeod Bethel-Thompson. Colt McCoy is headed for free agency.

San Francisco could use one of the team's 11 draft picks on developing a young athletic passer. It's just a virtual lock that he won't be "Johnny Football."


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