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Manziel posts dunk clips; commenters skeptical of basket height

Whether Johnny Manziel's considerable talents will translate to the NFL remains to be seen, but his athleticism and knack for creating exciting plays was never in doubt while he was quarterback at Texas A&M the last two seasons. Now, as he readies for the upcoming NFL Draft, Manziel is showing off his athleticism in another venue: on the basketball court.

In a video posted to his Instagram account Monday, Manziel is seen throwing down a series of impressive dunks, including a thunderous 360. Manziel's stature -- he's only about six feet tall -- has come under scrutiny as NFL talent evaluators and pundits try to project his game at the next level, but it doesn't appear to be a problem on these dunks.

Or is it?

If you scan the comments on the Instagram post, many users are skeptical as to whether the basket is at regulation height.

It's hard to imagine Manziel would have much to gain from overselling his leaping abilities; last we checked, you can't dunk in a football game. And, his athleticism isn't in doubt -- it's his lack of size and pocket passing that have NFL types divided about his future in the pros. Still, perhaps any advantage can help in a fluid and very competitive draft class.

Have a look for yourself, and tell us what you think. Is Manziel pulling a fast one?

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flynowpaul March 24 2014 at 11:17 PM

Don,t know if is true or not, but does anyone remember Spud Webb? He was supposedly around 5'8"

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preceptls March 25 2014 at 11:04 AM

Stick to football, stay in college he's not ready for the NFL

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rincnranch March 25 2014 at 12:07 PM

another Manziel fast one, he will never make it in the NFL. Only a college flash in the pan

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tovilan rincnranch March 25 2014 at 12:45 PM

GOT ANY MONEY BEHIND YOUR MOUTH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WILL COVER UP TO 5,000 THAT HE IS BETTER THAN 90 % OF ROOKIES IST YEAR 25,000 BETTER THAN 99% OF REMAINING ROOKIES AND 50,000 IT IS ONLY ONE STANDING WITH ABOVE AVERAGE PASSING PERCENTAGE! GOT ANY BALLS , MOUTH .WE CAN FIND A COMMON PERSON TO HOLD THE BETS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WAITING FOR YOUR

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bigwingnut rincnranch March 25 2014 at 3:23 PM

Manziel is a talented guy, but I think there'll be a big difference when every defensive lineman he faces is as good as the BEST defensive player on the college teams he's faced. SOMEBODY is gonna catch him and hurt him because he's so erratic in his movements. Time will tell.

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mcmantim March 25 2014 at 11:58 AM

Have Your Say..Really who gives a damn, I mean the guy is a narcissist and I hope he falls flat on his face in the NFL, like some of my other favorite narcissists from the past like Tebow and Bosworth.

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jdshannon03 March 25 2014 at 11:25 AM

I sure hope my Texans pass on this idiot! Word around College Station is that Johnny Manziel is nothing more than an arrogant PUNK! He is going to crash and burn in the pros, just watch.

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neilgkingpt March 25 2014 at 9:24 AM

Look how far his feet are off the ground........this is real

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propackage March 25 2014 at 10:30 AM

looks like it is 4 feet over his head. No one understands how he runs away from all those tacklers also. How did he fake that?

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sept1707 March 25 2014 at 9:54 AM

I could dunk on a regulation rim in high school when I was 6 feet tall, and I was like 15 pounds overweight and wasn't even a full-time athlete like Manziel.

Also, anyone who thinks a 6 foot tall guy needs to have a 48 inch vertical leap to dunk has some serious math issues. You aren't taking the guy's reach into account. If he had a 48 inch leap, then his arm would be like 2 feet ABOVE the basket. If his arm goes a foot and a half above his head
(so, 7.5 feet), he only needs to jump about 30 inches (2.5 feet) to reach 10 feet (7.5 plus 2.5).

Most soon to be pro athletes can probably accomplish that or at least get close.

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bosswuff sept1707 March 25 2014 at 10:11 AM

u aint never dunked nuthin chump'... u seem to be more of a mathmatician

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sept1707 bosswuff March 25 2014 at 11:21 AM

And you seem like a Spelling Bee champion.

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ferrariqx March 25 2014 at 10:53 AM

Ha! Yeah, I could routinely dunk on a 9 foot rim too. Now do it on a regulation 10 foot rim.

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douglasgreenlaw March 25 2014 at 9:36 AM

It's legit. The rim is 4 ft higher than the top of his head. Not a big deal that a 6 footer can dunk.

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