It was a Pro Day like we’d never seen before. Johnny Manziel took center stage on Thursday, and as expected, he had everyone talking. First and foremost, he had the internet abuzz over his wardrobe. Manziel became the first player ever to wear a helmet and shoulder pads during a Pro Day, and it’s a move that paid off.
He wanted to prove that he could make all the throws with pads, simply because that’s how it’s done on gameday. To me, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that logic and I’ll bet that most NFL GMs feel the same.
“I can make any throw on the field and hopefully compete with anybody. I just wanted these guys to know that my focus is football. This is my life, this is what I want to do, and I’ve never been more dedicated or more committed in my entire life. I understand the challenge,” said Manziel following his workout.
So now that John Football has nailed his Pro Day, can we just go ahead and guarantee that he’ll be drafted in the top 10 this May?
The answer is a resounding yes to me. There’s no doubt in my mind that his Pro Day performance locked up his status as a top 10 pick. Teams reach for QBs no matter what, and they’ll reach for a guy like Manziel who can make all the throws, and draw in lots fans at the same time.
I want to believe what Manziel is selling. I hope he’s fully invested in being a top-tier NFL QB. If he does stay focused and he doesn’t get derailed by the pro lifestyle, then I think he’ll be successful. Coaches can work on his mechanics and all of that, but if he’s not mentally invested, it just won’t work.
Based on what we’ve seen from him so far in his preparation for the NFL, it appears he’s all in.