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Five Takeaways from Manziel's Pro Day

As everyone in the football following world already knows, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel held his pro day on Thursday. Manziel is about as high profile a prospect as the NFL draft has had recently, but there was still plenty to learn from his workout in front of NFL coaches and scouts.

Here are my five takeaways from the Manziel pro day…

1. He thinks pro days should be done with shoulder pads and helmetsMost pro days are conducted by prospects who choose to wear their typical workout gear – athletic shorts and a t-shirt of some kind. But Manziel is not "most prospects" and his pro day is most certainly not like most pro days. He wore a helmet and shoulder pads.

When asked about it, he replied simply: "Isn't the game played with them on?"

Good point.

2. He has an audienceA report from Yahoo! Sports cited 75 representatives from 30 of 32 NFL teams were in attendance (Chicago and Cleveland reportedly were not represented). In addition to that, President George HW Bush was on-hand to watch Manziel and NBA superstar LeBron James made it known he was keeping an eye on the action.

Just finished watching my bro @JManziel2 pro day!! Don't take him if u want 2. He's a flat out STAR! Accuracy on point! #StriveForGreatness — LeBron James (@KingJames) March 27, 2014

With @JManziel2 before his pro day @TAMU. I could have used this helmet in my previous day job. pic.twitter.com/m0QvMR1GHe — George Bush (@GeorgeHWBush) March 27, 2014

3. He worked on perceived weaknesses of his gameManziel worked exclusively out of the gun last season at Texas A&M, but on Thursday he made every throw after dropping back from under center. In total, Manziel completed 61 of 64 passes and was perfect on his first 36 attempts.

In addition, Manziel spent significant time targeting areas of the field that he didn't necessarily target during games last season.

Manziel attacking short left/right slot areas. Had only 27 total attempts in those areas during season. Trying to prove something here. — Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) March 27, 2014

4. He can throw a 60-yard bomb after a full workoutThe final toss of Manziel's 64-throw workout was a long one – it traveled 61 yards in the air and was caught by fellow highly-regarded NFL prospect Mike Evans.

5. He doesn't think he knows everything
After such a stellar workout in front of such a huge audience, and being the showman that he is, it would've been a bit understandable for Manziel to be flying high after the workout. While he was clearly in a good mood, he was measured in his self-evaluation, going so far as to give his receivers credit for helping him look good.

He also made this statement while speaking with NFL Network immediately after the workout: "I'm ready to learn. That's the biggest thing for me. When I got out to California and I got out with Kevin O'Connell and Coach (George) Whitfield, I said there are things I wasn't asked to do here at A&M. There are protections, there are so many things you have to do. Throw it at me. I want it. Let's do it. I need to learn it eventually." Here are some more tweets reacting to Manziel's performance:


Just asked Manziel why the pads and helmet at pro day: "Isn't the game played with them on?" — Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) March 27, 2014

! RT @kirkmorrison: Johnny Manziel playing Mixtapes over the Sound system during his Throwing Session. Changing the game already — Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) March 27, 2014

At A&M ... Lovie Smith, Bill O'Brien, Chip Kelly, Gus Bradley, Cal McNair, Kevin Colver, John Idzik, Dave Caldwell, Mike Zimmer. — Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 27, 2014

Interesting: McShay/Polian in agreement that Johnny Manziel has stronger arm than Blake Bortles or Teddy Bridgewater. — Kevin Seifert (@SeifertESPN) March 27, 2014

A&M coach Kevin Sumlin holding court with Texans GM (and fellow Bolilermaker) Rick Smith, and Vikings coach Mike Zimmer and GM Rick Spielman — Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 27, 2014

Manziel attacking short left/right slot areas. Had only 27 total attempts in those areas during season. Trying to prove something here. — Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) March 27, 2014

Manziel's workout obviously designed to counter areas of perceived weakness in his game. — Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) March 27, 2014

Mayock: Manziel confirming he can make every throw mechanically arm strength is as good as Bortles', if not better — CollegeFootball 24/7 (@NFL_CFB) March 27, 2014

Mayock: Manziel arm strength on par with Bortles, might be better. Better than Bridgewater. Confirming tape. — NFL: AroundTheLeague (@NFL_ATL) March 27, 2014

#Vikings were represented at Johnny Manziel's pro day by GM Rick Spielman, HC Mike Zimmer, OC Norv Turner and QB coach Scott Turner. — VikingUpdate.com (@VikingUpdate) March 27, 2014

Agreed RT @brian_mcintyre: Not surprised 1 of the first NFL guys to approach Manziel after his pro day was Vikings QBs coach Scott Turner. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 27, 2014

I like the way Manziel handles himself. He loves the game - and everything that comes with it. But it's about reading the field. — Pete Prisco (@PriscoCBS) March 27, 2014

No question @JManziel2 aced Pro Day. He's coachable on fundamentals. Even 6-3 QBs must find passing windows. Can he play 20 games a year? — Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) March 27, 2014

Zim don't mince MT @NFLCharean: Zimmer shrugged at Manziel workout: "It was different. It was a different workout." Called it "sideshow." — Kevin Seifert (@SeifertESPN) March 27, 2014

One of KS mentors from Wazzu days RT @ChaseGoodbread: #Vkings coach Mike Zimmer spent a lot of time talking to Sumlin while Manziel threw. — Bruce Feldman (@BFeldmanCBS) March 27, 2014

Jon Gruden: "Steve Young is who I see when I watch Johnny Manziel's tape. Lot of common ground: size, speed, playmaking ability and upside." — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 27, 2014

Everybody I spoke with said Manziel blew them away. — John McClain (@McClainonNFL) March 27, 2014

Manziel will have dinner w/ #Vikings coach Mike Zimmer, OC Norv Turner and GM Rick Spielman tonight, meetings Friday a.m. — CollegeFootball 24/7 (@NFL_CFB) March 27, 2014

Johnny Manziel will be a star in the NFL. I can't wait to watch him play!!!! — Mike Vick (@MikeVick) March 27, 2014

Johnathan Football just put on an absolute clinic at his Pro Day. Apparently all of those "experts" are wrong about him...again. #1stPick — Kliff Kingsbury (@TTUKingsbury) March 27, 2014

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