Johnny Manziel’s eventful pro day involved pads, brooms, crazy hype (pics/vids)
The NFL world at-large descended upon Johnny Manziel’s much ballyhooed and heavily anticipated pro day on Thursday and the young quarterback’s performance mostly lived up to the hype.
Praise was rained down upon Johnny Football from all angles from several so-called NFL experts. Only two of his balls reportedly hit the turf, both of which were dropped by receivers.
Perhaps the most notable aspect of Manziel’s day throwing the ball involved how he did so while wearing a helmet and pads, apparently which is rarely done during these pro days.
When asked about it, Manziel succinctly replied, according to NFL.com’s Gil Brandt, “Isn’t the game played with them on?”
What a response. Unflappable, this guy.
Brandt also reported on which teams had head coaches in attendance.
7 teams sent head coaches to Manziel PD: #Colts, #Texans, #Jaguars, #Bucs, #Vikings, #Steelers, #Raiders. 8 GMs in attendance
— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) March 27, 2014
The hype machine already is in full force. With the NFL Network and ESPN both covering the event thoroughly (no surprise), Nike utilized the opportunity to pimp product related to the latest, most notable addition to his stable of athletes by promoting his pro day gear.
The future starts today. Don’t get left behind. The @JManziel2 Pro Day Collection http://t.co/B6TDicu0db pic.twitter.com/GFp2raByoV
— Nike.com (@nikestore) March 27, 2014
Wow. A Pro Day Collection. That can’t be commonplace, right? But to be honest, how many people truly are worried about being left behind on this?
LeBron James, Manziel’s Nike-endorser colleague, was left impressed:
Just finished watching my bro @JManziel2 pro day!! Don’t take him if u want 2. He’s a flat out STAR! Accuracy on point! #StriveForGreatness
— LeBron James (@KingJames) March 27, 2014
George Bush clearly thinks Manziel’s the bee’s knees (“bee’s knees” of course being a phrase Bush may use):
Amazing RT @GeorgeHWBush: With @JManziel2 before his pro day. I could have used this helmet in my previous day job. pic.twitter.com/1cp4LaYDGn
— NFL (@nfl) March 27, 2014
Back to his on-the-field performance.
Johnny Manziel to Mike Evans. 60+ yards… And a “BOOM!” WATCH: http://t.co/txKppdQGIy
— NFL (@nfl) March 27, 2014
Manziel reportedly was dazzling, blowing away several of the media types in-house for the workout, which featured Manziel eluding defenders with brooms while delivering pinpoint, precision passing (via SB Nation):
Manziel’s draft stock has taken a dive according to most experts, but his performance on Thursday — despite pro days traditionally being a contrived, orchestrated demonstration meticulously set up to highlight a player’s strengths and hide or at least obscure his faults — appears to have caused the pendulum to swing back into the other direction.
(top image via @NFL)