Feb 23, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel runs the shuttle dash during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Texans: Johnny Manziel excels at pro day

As I watched the pro day of potential first-round pick quarterback Johnny Manziel on Thursday, I can’t say I wasn’t impressed with his throws, because I was, but really, what did we learn that we already didn’t know?

Manziel completed nearly every pass he attempted, as he did wear a helmet and shoulder pads, which doesn’t happen at pro days. But we also have to remember these pro days are scripted to make the QB look his absolute best.

I still want to know how Manzel, who is under 6-foot tall, can perform against an actual NFL caliber defense, not how well he throws with a broom waving in his face, because I’m guessing the pressure J.J. Watt or Jared Allen brings to the field on a Sunday is a little tougher than a broom.

Manziel called plays in the huddle, which I liked, and even with former President of the United States George H.W. Bush and former first lady Barbara Bush looking on, along with Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien and general manager Rick Smith on hand, Manziel didn’t crack under the heavy pressure.

I did like the deep passes Manziel passed to another potential first-round pick Mike Evans, as they both showed off their top skill set in this pro day.

A quick note on Evans … he’s really good and will be a steal if he doesn’t get selected in the Top 10 of this draft.

Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle wrote about the Manziel pro day:

“He (Manziel) thrived in an even brighter glow Thursday during his personal pro day.”

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle wrote:

“Manziel connected on 61 of 64 passes … He took every snap from under center and was off target on only one pass.”

Earlier in the day on ESPN, former NFL QB and current ESPN football analyst Ron Jaworski said he had Manziel as his fifth-ranked QB in the draft, ranking Derek Carr ahead of Manziel at fourth. His top-rated QB was Blake Bortles.

I still believe the Texans are better off selecting Bortles or Teddy Bridgewater as their No. 1 selection if they are going to take a QB with that pick; if not, they need to look at defense.

Let us know your thoughts on Manziel and the potential of him being the next Texans QB.

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  • Monty

    Johnny’s pro day was exactly as I expected. Brilliant. And from what I saw and heard from most all the analysts was the majority thought it was better than Bortles, and far better than Bridgewaters.

    For all those that have been spouting that he can’t take snaps under center well, his arm is not strong enough, he can’t make the deep balls, or that he can’t make the NFL type throws… you can shut up now.

  • beastmode79

    They need more than any of those quarterbacks to help. 3 to 4 years to rebuild just now starting to rebuild offense completely.

  • http://www.sammcgowan.com/ Sam McGowan

    The Texans need someone who can bring excitement to the team and they need a quarterback who can think and play “outside of the box.” If they take Bridgewater or some other conventional quarterback, look for another losing season and disappointed fans. Remember that the NFL is a business and a team has to make money to stay around. Manziel is not a typical quarterback. I hope O’Brien takes a lesson from Confederate general Nathan Bedford Forrest who thought outside the box and took on forces four times (or more) the size of his own, most of whom were commanded by West Pointers who had been conditioned to think in a certain way. If the Texans take Manziel, they’ll be getting excitement and a quarterback who has the ability to inspire the team. Take Bridgewater and by mid-season the fans will be calling for Bill O’Brien’s scalp.

  • Stephen Forsha

    I can’t wait until the draft gets closer just to see who the Texans are leaning towards …

  • Vick Mcfadden

    Johnny Football