Many of the physical attributes that scouts and personnel who work for NFL organizations demand for potential NFL quarterback prospects include: a tall frame (to be able to see the field and throw over defenders) and a strong build (to be able to take the wear and tear that comes with being an NFL player). Other intangibles such as arm strength and mobility are directly correlated to an athlete’s height, weight, size and athletic ability.
So, does Peyton Manning, one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history, possess the ideal combination?
According to Manning’s profile page, he is listed as 6-foot-5, 230 pounds. Manning, notoriously grew up in a football family led by his father Archie and his younger brother Eli. He has always had a big frame to him, and was groomed to be a quarterback since the day he was born.
Manning would eventually attend college at the University of Tennessee.
Despite the ideal size, NFL scouts back then actually hated Manning’s measurables coming out of college. He did not profile as the elite NFL quarterback he turned into, and there were critics and doubters across the board.
An anonymous AFC scouting director knocked Manning for his lack of mobility:
“Florida intimidated him. You really like him because of the personality and all the intangibles but, boy, you’ve got be a little mobile in this league. He has been so well-coached, too … He’s a self-made player, let’s put it that way. I don’t know how much better he’s going to get.”
Despite his athletic limitations, Manning’s size has played a big part in the success he has found as one of the NFL’s all-time greats.