2014 NFL Mock Draft 3.0: Johnny Manziel shoots to No. 1 after impressive pro day
April 2, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
It’s amazing what a pro day can do, at least in a hypothetical sense.
In late February, ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski insisted that he wouldn’t touch Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel with a 50-foot pole — more specifically, Jaws said that he wouldn’t take Manziel, the man who tore up the SEC over two seasons, anywhere in the first three rounds of the 2014 NFL draft. A fan of quarterbacks who play within structure above all, Jaws couldn’t see, based on an admittedly incomplete tape review process, how Manziel would survive in the NFL.
And then, Johnny Football tore it up at his pro day, and all was right with the world again. Well, sort of.
“In studying the game tape of Johnny Manziel, I saw flaws in his mechanics,” Jaworski said on ESPN. “George Whitfield has done a terrific job of coaching him up. I did not see those flaws in mechanics [at his pro day]. I saw him stand on his back foot, driving the football. Throwing the football with velocity and accuracy.”