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04/03/14 - 2014 Pro Days: Johnny Manziel knocks it out of the park at pro day...Charting each of Manziel's passes, 57 of the 65 passes were spot-on accurate while five were slightly inaccurate (but still completed) and three were incomplete. Whitfield said Manziel stepped up and "knocked it out of the park." "I think it's different when you put your feet on the ground and come and watch him," said Whitfield on the importance of seeing Manziel at his pro day compared to the tape. "People watch him in games and he's made big throws. It's different when you have to come up on stage and the world is in here to watch it. And they say 'Let's see you do it.'" Overall there were 75 NFL scouts and evaluators in attendance, making up 30 of the 32 NFL teams.
Eight head coaches and eight general managers were present, including Texans general manager Rick Smith and head coach Bill O'Brien, who hold the rights to the No. 1 overall pick. Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles still seems to be the favorite to be the top pick if Houston stays put, but the in-state product Manziel will be considered. O'Brien spent a good amount of time talking with Manziel's family and will meet privately with the former Heisman Trophy winner and local product who has publicly dared the Texans to pass on him. If not Houston, Jacksonville (third overall pick) and Cleveland (fourth) are two other possibilities. Browns general manager Ray Farmer was not at Manziel's workout, but by no means does that make him less of a possibility for Cleveland. Does this elevate Manziel's draft stock? Doubtful. But it was a positive step for him as the draft process winds down. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
04/03/14 - 2014 Pro Days: Johnny Manziel knocks it out of the park at pro day...Manziel donned shoulder pads and a helmet, a rare occurrence for a quarterback or any player at a pro day. Former NFL executive Gil Brandt has been covering the NFL for over 50 years and said he has never seen it done. Perhaps Manziel was hoping to mask a frame that is small by NFL standards, and certainly in contrast to the past two No. 1 overall picks -- Luck (6-5, 235) and Newton (6-5, 239). When reporters asked why, Manziel said "Why not?" Manziel showed off his quick feet in his three-, five- and seven-step drops with a compact, swift release. He dropped to a three-quarters or sidearm delivery on a few throws.
His timing was slightly off on others, especially over the middle, and his low release point stood out, but there were certainly more positives than negatives to the workout. Whitfield used a broom and bean bags to represent pressure and even rushed himself with his arms above his head to simulate pass rushers in his face, similar exercises to those performed at Luck's pro day in 2012. In typical Manziel fashion, he looked athletic escaping and moving the pocket while snapping a throw downfield. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
04/03/14 - 2014 Pro Days: Johnny Manziel knocks it out of the park at pro day...At a pro day with a former U.S. president in attendance, Johnny Manziel was the main attraction Thursday. The former Texas A&M quarterback threw in front of dozens of NFL scouts and coaches. And he threw well. Very well. The scripted 65-pass session was created by Manziel and his quarterback coach, George Whitfield, who has recently worked with top prospects in preparation for draft workouts, including Cam Newton and Andrew Luck. Every snap Manziel took was under center -- he operated out of the shotgun primarily in A&M's spread offense -- and only two passes hit the ground. One was juggled by fellow first-round prospect wide receiver Mike Evans. One other throw took the receiver out of bounds so Manziel officially finished 62-for-65.
It was not quite perfect, but the projected top-10 pick lived up to his reputation of delivering on the big stage. "I thought it was good," Manziel said Thursday. "I was obviously going for perfection so when a couple balls hit the ground, one was on me and one was a little high, could have gotten it down for him a little bit. Overall, I thought it was really good." There was nothing conventional about the scene at the Aggies' indoor practice facility, where the workout was held. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
04/03/14 - 2014 NFL Draft: Week 4 Pro Days takeaways...1. The man. The myth. The top-5 pick? I'd be remiss if I didn't put Johnny Football as the No. 1 pro day topic from this past week. I've been to a lot of pro days and the performance of Robert Griffin III at Baylor two years ago is probably the only on-campus workout that came close to the spectacle I witnessed on Thursday. Manziel, who surprisingly donned a helmet and shoulder pads for his passing session, threw 65 times with only two balls hitting the ground. And of the 65 passes only eight were inaccurate, according to my eyes.
While it was a positive workout, Manziel didn't show much that we didn't already know about him. He has a better-than-advertised arm, he can throw on the move and he shines with all eyes locked on him. Maybe the only thing he answered for scouts and coaches this week was that he can take snaps from under center without any issues as all 65 of his snaps were from a traditional pro-style, under center look. So while he looked good and started a stir among most in the media, let's keep the pro day in perspective as there is nothing new about him that we didn't know already. Manziel will be considered at No. 1 for the Texans and he does have a realistic shot of going first. But if not to Houston, I expect Jacksonville at three and the Browns at four to be the next likeliest landing spots for the exciting, but polarizing prospect. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
02/27/14 - 2014 NFL COMBINE: 10 TAKEAWAYS FROM INDIANAPOLIS: 4. Moving up in the first round of this draft is a legitimate accomplishment, as several long-time scouts praised it for its talent and depth. "I've been doing this 30 years," Pittsburgh Steelers' general manager Kevin Colbert said, "this is the deepest draft I've ever seen." A record 102 underclassmen entered this year's pool, which clearly improvement the depth of the talent pool but also added to its unpredictability. "The juniors added into it make it a very talented group," Colbert said. "With the juniors and redshirt sophomores, we are very cautiously optimistic about their emotional and physical readiness for this huge jump. Even though it's the most talented group I've seen, it's probably the most immature group." - The Sports Xchange