COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Everything Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel does is a spectacle. Thursday’s installment was his pro day in front of NFL scouts and former President George H.W. Bush. A small army of media types was also on hand.
Manziel did not throw in front of NFL personnel at the NFL combine in Indianapolis so This was his opportunity to impress in a controlled environment.
Here is the USA Today’s play-by-play of No. 2’s pro day.
- Manziel is considered a unique talent. He also made his pro day a unique experience. Manziel threw while wearing shoulder pads and a helmet. No other top quarterback has done so in recent memory.
- At the start of the workout, Manziel displayed his footwork from under the center with quick drops and short to intermediate passes.
- The workout then moved to designed roll-outs. Manziel displayed his arm strength particularly when rolling to his right and left. Manziel completed multiple deep passes at this point in the pro day.
- Manziel is known for making the spectacular play. It’s the mundane throws NFL scouts want to see him make on a consistent basis. And that’s where the first question mark arose.
- Manziel remained flawless through the first half of the workout.
- Manziel did show improved footwork, tremendous accuracy, the ability to throw on the run and above-average arm strength. But he didn’t remain perfect.
- Two of the potential teams with the most interest in Manziel are the Houston Texans, who own the No. 1 pick, and the Minnesota Vikings, who own the No. 8 pick. Their representatives were planted next to Manziel’s head coach at Texas A&M, Kevin Sumlin.
- The deep completions continued for Manziel. However, those passes didn’t display pinpoint accuracy.
- Overall, Manziel proved he can make most throws and improved footwork. It was a very good workout — arguably the best among the top quarterback prospects — but there are some lingering questions about throws on deep out routes, weight transfer and throwing motion.