COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Before Thursday I had never seen a quarterback’s pro-day workout performed in full pads and a helmet, and I hadn’t seen one attended by a former president and first lady of the United States, either. But setting the arrival of President George H. W. Bush and Barbara Bush aside for a moment, what really stood out about Johnny Manziel’s pro day was how well he performed. This was a “wow” workout, as he emptied the bag and showed everything he could do and the progress that he was making on the areas of his game in which he needs to improve.
However, even though he deserves an A for Thursday’s workout, there are still several key questions about his game and whether he can succeed long-term at the NFL level. Let’s take a look at what he did well on Thursday, what concerns still remain and which teams appear to be the likeliest landing spots for him in the 2014 NFL draft.
What he did well
What I was able to confirm by watching Manziel on Thursday is that of the three QBs I have stamped with first-round grades -- UCF’s Blake Bortles, Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater and Manziel -- Manziel has the strongest arm and the quickest release. I also thought he looked the most naturally accurate throwing the ball down the field in the workout setting.