Manziel still has 'utmost respect for' Chip Kelly

Manziel still has 'utmost respect for' Chip Kelly
March 27, 2014, 8:00 pm
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Johnny Manziel initially committed to Oregon to play for Chip Kelly before changing his mind and going to Texas A&M. (AP)

By all accounts, Johnny Manziel put together an impressive pro day Thursday at Texas A&M in front of many NFL coaches, scouts and front office executives.

In College Station to watch Manziel was Eagles head coach Chip Kelly, who has been traveling across the country attending pro days all offseason. According to Eagles insider Geoff Mosher, Kelly has also attended workouts at Louisville, Virginia Tech, Florida State, Missouri, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Vanderbilt, Alabama and Temple (see story).

The relationship between Manziel and Kelly goes back a ways. Kelly tried to recruit Manziel out of high school, and at one point Manziel was committed to Oregon. The QB ultimately ended up at Texas A&M because of its proximity to his home.

"Coach Kelly, I remember sitting down in his office at Oregon probably four, five years ago," Manziel said on Thursday. "And obviously it didn't work out for me to go there, but a guy I still have the utmost respect for. Im glad to see him become where he is today and have success. I wish him nothing but the best."

Draft projections are all over the place with Manziel. Some outlets tout him as a top-five pick, while others see him as a late-first-round talent. Six teams in the top-eight need a quarterback -- Houston, Jacksonville, Cleveland, Oakland, Tampa Bay and Minnesota.

The Eagles hold the 22nd pick in the draft.

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