Johnny Manziel participated in pro day in pads? Of course he did. The sports world has been buzzing all morning about it.
Seventy-five NFL personnel from 30 different teams were there to witness the spectacle; even former President H.W. Bush was in attendance. Manziel completed 62 of 64 throws. Forty-nine of them were from the pocket, and 15 were rollout passes. Yes, scouts keep numbers on every type of throw on pro day.
Overall, Manziel proved what he had to do: the arm strength, the accuracy and the footwork in the pocket. How much can you really tell from a pro day workout? Several former players and scouts weigh in:
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“He showed us he can make all the throws,” NFL Network analyst Kurt Warner said. “That deep ball was impeccable. Great touch, good enough velocity and was able to set it out there.”
“I think (Manziel) loves competition,” NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock said. “He lights up like a Christmas tree with all these GMs here.”
“He made every throw, and he was well prepared,” Texans head coach Bill O’Brien said. “I saw every throw I needed to see. He was very impressive.”
“There’s a leap of faith involved from a general manager or team perspective if you want to take this kid in the top 10,” Mayock said. “When chaos happens, he’s phenomenal. What you have to buy into, if he’s a top-10 pick, is that he’s going to learn. If you combine his spontaneity with an ability to win from within the pocket, then you’ve got something unique in today’s NFL. If you get that, yeah, he’s the No. 1 pick in the draft.”
Just asked Manziel why the pads and helmet at pro day: “Isn’t the game played with them on?”
— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) March 27, 2014
No question @JManziel2 aced Pro Day. He’s coachable on fundamentals. Even 6-3 QBs must find passing windows. Can he play 20 games a year?
— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) March 27, 2014
Manziel had an outstanding day. During his individual workouts, I think he’ll be asked to make more drive throws from the far hash.
— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) March 27, 2014
Johnny Manziel will be a star in the NFL. I can’t wait to watch him play!!!!
— Mike Vick (@MikeVick) March 27, 2014
— LeBron James (@KingJames) March 27, 2014
— Nike.com (@nikestore) March 27, 2014
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