Source: Pats, Manziel to have pre-draft visit

Updated: April 1, 2014, 10:24 PM ET

By
Field Yates | ESPNBoston.com

The New England Patriots are scheduled to host quarterback Johnny Manziel on a pre-draft visit at Gillette Stadium on Wednesday, a league source confirmed.

The Patriots pick 29th overall in the first round and have Tom Brady (under contract through 2017) and Ryan Mallett (under contract through 2014) on the depth chart. The visit with Manziel will count as one of the team’s 30 allotted visits with out-of-town prospects.
NFL Network first reported the scheduled visit for Manziel, who is projected to be selected well before the Patriots’ first pick.
Manziel is expected to take several other visits with NFL clubs. While it is somewhat unusual for the Patriots to spend time with a top quarterback prospect, it isn’t completely out of the norm. In 2010, the Patriots hosted Tim Tebow on a highly-publicized visit that included dinner in Boston’s North End neighborhood.
Manziel, of Texas A&M, is arguably the most fascinating prospect in this year’s draft, in part due to his unconventional style of play, physical measureables (5-foot-11, 207 pounds), and off-field activity.
After Manziel had a recent workout with the Minnesota Vikings, first-year Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said “flags” popped up.
In 2012, Manziel became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy. He led all FBS quarterbacks in Total QBR in 2012 and finished third in 2013.
Every player that led the country in Total QBR from 2008 to 2011 is a current NFL starter, including Super Bowl champion Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks and Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts.

Field Yates has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), he is a regular contributor to ESPN Boston’s Patriots coverage and ESPN Insider.

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