Bio: All-Conference and All-American selection as a junior after defensive totals of 49/3/4. Also averaged 12.8 yards on 19 returns with one touchdown and 26.8 yards on 13 kick returns with another score. Sophomore totals were 54/2/6 on defense with an average of 29.2 yards on 13 kick returns and one touchdown as well as a 22-yard average on 15 punt returns, with two more scores.
Pos: Athletic prospect with outstanding size/speed numbers. Fluid flipping his hips in transition, has a burst of closing speed and flashes on the scene. Quickly breaks to the throw, aggressive supporting the run and physical in all aspects of the game.
Neg: Not overly instinctive and struggles locating the ball or diagnosing the action. Wastes movement and needs a lot of mechanical work. Hesitant recognizing routes in zone coverage.
Analysis: A versatile defensive back who can be used at free safety or cornerback, Manning is a solid developmental prospect. The ability to break games open as a return specialist could help him sneak into the draft's first day.