Jan 19, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh reacts after Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse (not pictured) scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter of the 2013 NFC Championship football game at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Jim Harbaugh believes Johnny Manziel can be an instant success in the NFL


Going into the 2014 NFL Draft, Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel probably has the most eyes upon him. He’s pegged by some as a possible first overall pick, if not definitely within the top five. His versatile skill set compares to a few quarterbacks that are in the NFL already, such as someone like San Francisco 49ers QB, Colin Kaepernick, coached by Jim Harbaugh.

While Harbaugh and Kaepernick seem poised to have a lengthy, successful relationship together meaning that the Niners won’t be in the market for a signal caller any time soon, that didn’t stop Harbaugh from watching some game tape on Manziel and offering up some of his thoughts.

And, he was so impressed that he believes that the former Heisman winner can be an instant hit on the professional gridiron.

“Yes, I think he will,” Harbaugh said. “He’s very competitive. He’s a winner. I think those qualities translate very well to the NFL.”

If anyone knows first hand on what kind of player it takes to be an instant hit in the NFL, it’s Harbaugh. After Alex Smith was injured during the 2012 season, Harbaugh rode the instant success of Kaepernick–who was in just his second year–all the way to the Super Bowl, and literally within seconds of making a return trip following this past season.

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