Even before the four neck procedures were done and the nerve regeneration was necessary, some scouts noticed a difference in Peyton Manning. His numbers didn't tail off much in 2010, particularly when you consider the injuries that Indy suffered on offense, but there were subtle hints caught on tape that revised the book on Manning.
"The fall-off was significant on film," said one scout from a rival AFC team. "He showed stiffness and lost athletic traits. What made him special was never his athletic ability or movement skills, but you could see it with his arm strength, too."
Manning will be watched closely this offseason, so we should have plenty of updates about his progress. At this point, he's a midround pick with some upside.