After all the hype leading up to it, Johnny Manziel’s Pro Day is officially over. The former Texas A&M Aggies quarterback completed 61 of 64 throws and “impressed” the scouts in attendance representing 30 of the 32 NFL teams. Initial reports directly following the workout stated the Houston Texans, who hold the top pick in the 2014 NFL Draft and are considering taking Manziel, are “excited” after watching him throw in full pads. Frankly, that should scare the heck out of Texans.
If you’re one of the delusional Houston fans who believes Manziel is going to make your team a Super Bowl contender, then you’re probably pumped to hear this news, but that enthusiasm will end by about Week 6 of the upcoming season. Manziel’s Pro Day proved two things: He knows how to complete a scripted workout and he’s not perfect. Sure, one of his passes was dropped and another was caught by Mike Evans out of bounds after he bobbled it initially, but Manziel’s second-to-last throw was low and wide of his intended receiver. It may just be one pass out of 64, but it came at the end of the workout, suggesting he was mentally and/or physically tired by that point.
Again, all that tells us is that he isn’t perfect. But for a team with the No. 1 overall draft pick that just needs a franchise quarterback to get back into Super Bowl contention, is anything less than perfect acceptable? That’s not to say that Teddy Bridgewater or Blake Bortles is perfect, but Manziel didn’t set him self apart during his workout at College Station. If anything, he proved that he’s not worthy of the No. 1 overall pick since this is really the only pro-style passing we’ve seen him do and it was against no defense. When mechanics look good at a Pro Day, but not on film, that should be a red flag for a team looking for its future with the top overall draft pick. The Texans would be foolish to think Manziel fits that bill following his Pro Day.