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Reflecting on Johnny Manziel’s Pro Day

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Has there ever been a pro day that could rival the magnitude of the one put on yesterday at Texas A&M? Quarterback Johnny Manziel wowed everyone who attended his workout, which he used to showcase the brand new Johnny Manziel Pro Day Collection from Nike. Former President George H.W. Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush observed from a golf cart. LeBron James tweeted about his Burger King commercial and Nike buddy as well. As most who have been watching college football have come to know, if Manziel is on a field tossing footballs, the world will take notice.

But now, a day after all of the hype and mass coverage, can we try to come to grips and focus on what yesterday’s pro day workout really means? Was it enough to make Manziel a clear number one draft pick, or is he down the list among some other potential quarterback options in the 2014 NFL Draft, such as UCF’s Blake Bortles or Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater or Fresno State’s Derek Carr?

Paul Burmeister of the NFL Network was a guest on The Dan Patrick Show to talk about what NFL scouts look for when they attend a college quarterback’s Pro Day, and he had some positive things to say about what he saw out of Manziel on Thursday.

“I think he surprised a lot of us by not just being the most creative quarterback in this class, I think he’s the most gifted passer as well,” Burmeister said. “You can see  accuracy on film, and accuracy that is much more meaningful on Saturday. That’s not what this was about. He was making every kind of throw… This isn’t because he completed a lot of passes against air, it’s because he showed off all kinds of natural passing ability.”

You can listen to the full interview and hear more of Burmeister’s thoughts about Manziel below.

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7 Responses to “Reflecting on Johnny Manziel’s Pro Day”
  1. 8to80texansblog says: Mar 28, 2014 12:55 PM

    Pro Days should never boost a players draft stock, they should cement his position or if he just looks terrible then maybe drop him a bit.

    Manziel should not have dropped on anyone’s board due to that pro day.

  2. 8to80texansblog says: Mar 28, 2014 12:58 PM

    And the commercial you’re talking about was for McDonalds….

  3. brianincbus says: Mar 28, 2014 1:15 PM

    On the field isn’t the problem. Off the field, the guy is a head case. Ryan Leaf 2.0.

  4. 8to80texansblog says: Mar 28, 2014 1:22 PM

    brianincbus says:
    Mar 28, 2014 1:15 PM

    On the field isn’t the problem. Off the field, the guy is a head case. Ryan Leaf 2.0.

    How many off the field issues did you hear about him DURING either season he played at A&M?

  5. goodfieldnohit says: Mar 28, 2014 2:31 PM

    Smells like hatorade up in here…

  6. keltictim says: Mar 28, 2014 3:12 PM

    Which Ryan leaf are we talking about? I can almost understand a pre draft Ryan leaf comparison, but def not a post draft, drug fueled, psycho Ryan leaf.

  7. suprmous says: Mar 29, 2014 1:33 AM

    Sorry but I’m still not convinced he’s ready for the pros. He’s still got a lot and I mean a lotttttttttt of growin up to do on and off the field. With his attitude the way it is I know of several defensive linemen who can’t wait to make mincemeat out of him. Some he played against as far back as 3 to 4 years. Their purpose’s to show him that his cockiness has a lot to be desired and he’s not king of the mountain. Disagree with me all you want but L’il Johnny just isn’t ready.

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