Joey Porter doesn't think Johnny Manziel would be ok if Porter got a good hit on him

Kevin C. Cox

It's more of a funny comment, paraphrased from a conversation Porter had with Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. It shows Porter still has that pride.

Put Ben Roethlisberger in an advantageous position on a football field, good things will follow.

Put Ben Roethlisberger on a radio show, good quotes will follow.

The most recent example of that is Ben's recent spot on 93.7 The Fan, where he said, among other things, he wanted to play "five, six, seven more seasons" in the NFL. He also lavished praise onto his lesser-arm-strength doppleganger, 2014 NFL Draft prospect Blake Bortles.

It's impossible to talk about the quarterback position in this draft without mentioning Johnny Manziel - and probably impossible to talk about the draft in general without bringing him up. Roethlisberger is no exception, but he did it in a fun way.

Because if there's anyone more likely to deliver a good quote while on the air, it's Steelers defensive assistant coach Joey Porter - the ex-linebacker who made an impressive career out of chasing rabbits like Manziel down.

"I was in the weight room the other day with Joey Porter, (and he was) asking me what I thought about Manziel," Roethlisberger said, as quoted by Tribune-Review writer Alan Robinson. "I looked at Joey and said, `Joey, do you think if you got a good hit on him, that he would be OK? And he said, `No, not at all.’ And that’s my question.

"You have guys like Joey Porter, who’s a big guy, guys that are fast like Troy (Polamalu), Ike Taylor coming off the edge, Lawrence Timmons, you’d better be real athletic, get down or be big."

Manziel is a remarkable athlete, moreso than Bortles is, and size will only take a player so far when he's being throttled by a player like Porter. In the end, there's a reason NFL teams are countering the proliferation of the quarterback position and passing games in general with freakishly athletic edge pass rushers.

Two of them in this draft, Jadeveon Clowney and Khalil Mack, look to be taken with the first two picks, and both will be taken before Manziel or Bortles will.

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