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Johnny Chronicles: Manziel takes pre-draft break for kids


A daily draft-week look into the always unpredictable life of former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel:

Two up

1. One of Manziel's first stops on Wednesday was the NFL's Play 60 Youth Football Festival, where he and 29 other draft prospects spent an hour playing flag football with local children. He showed up looking awfully sharp in a suit and tie, as did the other prospects, but soon changed into playing clothes and joined the kids. The action was apparently more exhausting than Manziel expected. "These guys wore me out, had a blast!" Manziel wrote in an Instagram post.

2. Former Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater -- plummeting stock and all -- has frequently been identified as the most polished and NFL-ready quarterback prospect in the draft, in terms of making a positive rookie-year contribution. One NFL general manager, however, gives Manziel the nod in that regard.

"Johnny would probably be the one guy you could plug in there sooner rather than later just because his style of play isn't going to change much from Year 1 to Year 2," said Jaguars GM David Caldwell at a recent press conference.

Two down

1. The business side of being Johnny Manziel has resulted in some interesting drama with the U.S. Trademark and Patent Office as the Manziel camp seeks to maintain certain legal rights to its marketing and merchandising potential. On Wednesday, the logos Manziel is seeking to trademark came to light:

Here's guessing those trademark rights will be worth a lot more if Manziel actually gets to keep the No. 2 jersey he made famous at Texas A&M.

2. So what team is most likely to end up with Manziel when the first-round dust settles late Thursday night? As College Football 24/7 handicaps the question, it's the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But not by a wide margin. Some support for that theory comes from NFL Media reporter Albert Breer:


"Each place I go to with these coaches, who have been around really good quarterbacks and really good players, I'm asking them what makes this guy so good? What are they doing behind the scenes that most people wouldn't hear about? I'm taking all these words and everything I hear to heart." -- Manziel on his pre-draft visits and workouts.

Johnny on Jacksonville

Manziel stuck to the company line Wednesday in media interviews about how he would be thrilled to be a part of any NFL club, and would embrace the fan base of whatever team picks him. But deep in the heart of every prospect, there are certainly distinctions to be made from club to club, and based on a variety of criteria. Manziel is averse to landing with the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to a Sports Illustrated report, which an agent of Manziel's called "100 percent NOT true" in a tweet.


Hall of Fame running back Marshall Faulk pulled the trigger early on Manziel during NFL Network's analyst mock draft on Tuesday, picking him No. 2 overall for, of course, his former team, the Rams. If that happens, can we get a live feed from Sam Bradford's house? ... Don't forget, kids, training in waist-deep San Diego surf is how Manziel prepared for the draft. His private quarterback coach, George Whitfield, was timely with a reminder on Wednesday.

Follow Chase Goodbread on Twitter @ChaseGoodbread.



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