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Troy Aikman has two concerns before naming Johnny Manziel a first-rounder


Texas A&M quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel is headed towards the 2014 NFL draft. Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman told The Musers, Craig Miller and George Dunham, on KTCK-AM 1310 and KTCK-FM 96.7 in Dallas on Thursday that he has two concerns before calling him a first-round pick.

“I think he’ll be pretty good,” Aikman said. “The concerns that I have would first of all be his size. Can he take the pounding? I’ve never met him, so I’m not sure what his stature is, but he just seems like he’s a pretty small guy, and maybe, I don’t want to say fragile, but the punishment in the NFL could take a toll on him. So that would be concern No. 1.

“And the No. 2 would be, not having sat and visited with him, how well can he be the face of a franchise? Is he mature enough to handle that responsibility? Is he going to commit himself to being a great NFL quarterback or are other things more important to him? If you can come out of those questions and say, ‘Yeah, I believe he’s big enough to withstand the punishment and I believe he is committed and he is going to do the right things because we’re going to be paying him a lot of money,’ then I think he’s a first-round talent. I really do.”

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