Manning, 24, started 37 of 53 games played at Northwest Missouri State, including 26 of 27 over his final two seasons. He earned second-team All-Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association honors as a senior, recording 32 tackles, four tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles, 10 pass breakups and one interception that he returned 28 yards for a touchdown. In 2013, Manning registered a career-best 57 tackles and helped the Bearcats win the Division II National Championship. The Belleville, Ill., native also ran track for two years at NWMSU (2010-11). Manning participated in rookie minicamps with the Dallas Cowboys and Kansas City Chiefs.