Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel’s Pro Day threw the Twittersphere into a frenzy on Thursday, as fans, analysts and athletes rushed to evaluate the college star’s performance.
"Yes, he is wearing shoulder pads. This is new." pic.twitter.com/LpI2YXQhCi
— NFL (@nfl) March 27, 2014
Manziel, who was considered to be one of the top quarterbacks in May’s 2014 NFL Draft, held his Pro Day on Thursday, working out for coaches and scouts from 30 of the 32 NFL teams, Yahoo Sports reports. The former Heisman Trophy winner completed 61 of 64 passes, taking every single snap from under center and delivering his throws with accuracy and power. “#JohnnyManzielProDay” quickly became a trending topic on Twitter.
“My main thing was, I am not scared of anything. I don’t play that way on the field,” Manziel told NFL Network after his Pro Day workout. “Why come out here in a scripted workout and be scared of anything? I just wanted to throw the pigskin around and have some fun.”
Johnny Football’s Pro Day contained a few notable caveats. First, the 21-year-old decided to wear a helmet and pads while throwing, something that most prospective NFL quarterbacks are unwilling to attempt. Furthermore, rather than simply sit back in an imaginary pocket and throw to his receiver, Manziel had George Whitfield, his personal quarterback coach, simulate a pass rush by chasing him around the field with a broom.
Manziel could also count a former U.S. president among his spectators. George H.W. Bush, the nation's 41st president, watched him throw from a golf cart on the sideline.
For NFL experts, Manziel’s ability to translate his unprecedented college football success into NFL stardom has been a source of endless debate. Several notable analysts, such as ESPN commentator Merril Hoge, have openly voiced their belief that Manziel won't be a successful NFL quarterback.
Manziel’s Pro Day reignited the debate over his draft status, as everyone from NBA forward LeBron James to Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers attempted to make sense of the young quarterback’s performance. Twitter reactions to the event can be viewed below, or by clicking here.
"It's a lot more difficult to [make that throw] when you're moving away from a defender. Or a broom." MUST-SEE: http://t.co/A73KaadSzQ
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) March 27, 2014
2 of the 3 guys commenting on this workout right now have opinions that shouldn't be taken very seriously.
— Aaron Rodgers (@AaronRodgers12) March 27, 2014
The Bears and Browns were the only 2 teams not present for the #JohnnyManzielProDay today at Texas A&M.
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) March 27, 2014
Jon Gruden: “Steve Young is who I see when I watch Johnny Manziel’s tape. Lot of common ground: size, speed, playmaking ability and upside.”
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 27, 2014
— LeBron James (@KingJames) March 27, 2014
No question @JManziel2 aced Pro Day. He's coachable on fundamentals. Even 6-3 QBs must find passing windows. Can he play 20 games a year?
— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) March 27, 2014
Exactly nothing about @JManziel2 's pro day is ordinary. Which is exactly what you are going to get with him.. one way or the other.
— trey wingo (@wingoz) March 27, 2014
Media circus, featuring high-ranking politicians, mouthpieces and cars full of clowns. That's Johnny Manziel's Pro Day in nutshell.
— Brad Evans (@YahooNoise) March 27, 2014
Johnny did a pistol shoot celebration after 50 yard completion.
— Charean Williams (@NFLCharean) March 27, 2014
General reax from NFL coaches after Johnny Day: He threw really well, but it was a spectacle. Heard words "Hollywood" and "sideshow."
— Lindsay Jones (@bylindsayhjones) March 27, 2014
How did Johnny Manziel do at his pro day? Here's a breakdown. » http://t.co/mD2sMEZ0cQ
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 27, 2014
— George Bush (@GeorgeHWBush) March 27, 2014
— Scott Hanson (@ScottHanson) March 27, 2014
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) March 27, 2014
If ESPN had a sense of humor, they would have Tim Tebow do play by play of Johnny Manziel's pro day. And then start a Manziel Index.
— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) March 26, 2014