All I needed to see
If you love the NFL Draft like I do then you’ve no doubt already heard tell of Johnny Manziel’s great pro day. Not only did JFF make “all” the throws with accuracy and velocity, he did so while wearing full gear! Apparently, this is the first time a QB has ever done his full pro day drills in pads and a helmet and it is proof of how much JFF loves football and will most assuredly succeed in the NFL. It’s a tough claim to disprove so we’ll just go along with it, even with some doubt in the back of the mind.
At least where the NFL pundit class is concerned, JFF answered most of the questions that have until now dogged his pre-draft status even though he has been, at times, considered the best player in the draft. For all of the awesome entertainment JFF has provided over the past two seasons he’s an undersized system QB with a penchant for running. Manziel is pretty much a lock to go in the top 10 now but a great pro day with unprecedented skill displays doesn’t come anywhere close to guaranteeing a good career in the big league. The first guy that popped into my head:
Remember how awesome it was that he could throw 50 yards while on his knees? Raiders fans probably remember how easily he could throw 10 feet into the dirt at about 175 mph better than all of his Hail Mary throws that would have come after he had been sacked.
Good for JFF at having a “great” pro day following Teddy Bridgewater’s “horrible” pro day. I guess Johnny will get drafted over Teddy (and it might as well be 1956 with those names.) Your pro day performance has little predictive ability in terms of a whole career. At least it means nothing to us yokels watching at home and the vast majority (really close to 100%, might even be 100%, which is a pretty solid majority) of NFL Draft reporters and blogs. Even though JFF broke new ground by wearing a helmet and pads, he might not actually be the first QB to be competent in in a helmet and pads. We’ll keep you posted on that as it develops.
One last capper that makes the point about reportage on the event seem extra silly. You’ve probably heard about all the QB pro days that the Browns are skipping and laughed at Oh, you stupid Browns! They’re scheduling private workouts with the top QBs, JFF included. They aren’t going out of their way to be hilarious, my guess is they just don’t expect to glean much useful information from these things. They might still be idiots but we can’t really tell that from our positions, you and me. Get it?