Johnny Manziel is getting set for the NFL Draft with George Whitfield, Jr. in San Diego. The 2012 Heisman Trophy winner's physical trials have been grueling, as he works out for a few hours each day.
But in preparation for the NFL Scouting Combine and an inevitable interview with the Texans' brass, Whitfield incorporated a rigorous classroom session as well for Manziel. The former Aggie was "grinding" away for four-plus hours each day.
But the two-hour stints Manziel did at night, came with a twist.
"The second classroom session is more interactive and he gets to go up and teach our interns what he learned in the morning," Whitfield said. "If you can teach it you should know it pretty well."
The key to all the classroom work: Manziel was learning the ways of Texans head coach Bill O'Brien, with help from a former New England Patriot.
"Kevin O’Connell, former Patriot quarterback, played at San Diego State who spent hours and hours
O'Connell was a 2008 third-round pick, and spent that season with New England. He was cut at the end of the 2009 training camp, and spent time for the next few years with Detroit, the Jets and Miami.
Manziel was learning NFL systems in general, "but in particular the Texans system" so he could "sit in front of Coach O’Brien and take every pitch, every question and every inquiry and be able to go back and forth and dialogue from that level."Time will tell if Manziel's prep-work helped get him drafted by the Texans.