Texas A&M Aggies product Johnny Manziel is one of the top four quarterback prospects in the 2014 NFL Draft, and he is one of the QBs in the running to be the first pick off the board. While I think the Houston Texans should select Teddy Bridgewater and most of the smoke surrounding the Texans has them selecting UCF passer Blake Bortles, Manziel is very much an option for the Texans. He is reportedly owner Bob McNair’s top choice, which isn’t a surprise, but I would be surprised if the Texans QB choice isn’t ultimately O’Brien’s decision.
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain reports that while Johnny Manziel won’t throw at Texas A&M’s pro day- scheduled for the 5th of March- he is going to throw at College Station on the 27th of the month. Plenty of top quarterback prospects opt to have a personal throwing day in order to showcase their skills instead of participating in the team’s pro day, and the extra time to prepare could only help Manziel, who still needs to prove to scouts that he can be a pro-style passer. He has all the tools to be a franchise QB and is electrifying, but he has issues with making proper reads, and I don’t think he is polished enough at throwing crossing routes.
While Manziel hasn’t stated whether or not he will throw at the Combine, there are some who believe that he will simply bypass throwing at the event. Top prospects have also chosen not to, but I don’t see how it would help him. Then again, it wouldn’t significantly hurt him either. It will be interesting to see if any sourced reports emerge regarding Manziel’s decision to throw at the Combine, because everything else is speculation at this point, aside from his decision to throw at a later date than his pro day.