CBSSports.com asked Harbaugh at the Draft Combine in Indianapolis whether he believes Manziel will succeed at the pro level.
“Yes I think he will,” Harbaugh said. “He’s very competitive, he’s a winner. He’ll translate very well to the NFL.”
Before dismissing Harbaugh’s comments as just another pre-draft smokescreen, there are two things to remember. The 49ers already have their quarterback in Colin Kaepernick and there is absolutely no way that Manziel will still be on the board when San Francisco selects 30th in the first round.
In 2012, Manziel became the first freshman to ever win the Heisman Trophy, throwing for 3,706 yards and 26 touchdowns while rushing for another 1,410 yards and 21 scores while leading Texas A&M to an 11-2 record that included an upset win at eventual BCS national champion Alabama and a thrashing of Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl.
Last season, Manziel threw for 4,114 yards and 37 touchdowns while running for 759 yards and nine TDs. The Aggies went 9-4 and pulled off a comeback from a 38-17 halftime deficit to beat Duke in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl, 52-48. Manziel was 30-for-38 for 382 yards and four touchdowns passing and ran for 73 yards on 11 carries for another score.