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.