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.
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."
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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