Texas A&M Pro Day: Don’t Buy Into The Hype
By Patrick Conn
Aug 7, 2013; College Station, TX, USA; Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) practices at Coolidge Field. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
The Texas A&M Pro Day was as much of a media circus as everyone expected it would be. It was very reminiscent of the Tim Tebow Pro Day back in 2008. Now Johnny Manziel is a much better prospect than Tebow was but it had the same feel. All of networks were there along with other sports media members. As expected twitter was all over the event but everyone should steer clear of believing the hype around this event.
A Pro Day is an opportunity for scouts and team executives to get a live look and of course interview the player if they didn’t get the opportunity at NFL Combine. It is another opportunity for the big networks to pull in big viewing numbers as everyone wants to talk about Johnny Football.
Scouts have already gotten a pretty good idea about who Manziel and the other Texas Aggies participating are. Nothing can really be too surprising at Pro Days. The passes are scripted, the weather is comfortable and there is little to no pressure on the prospect at all. The unfair aspect of these types of spectacles is that Mike Evans was also there to for scouts to see.
Really one shouldn’t even call this a Pro Day since this is more of a “not so” private workout that Evans was also a part of. A&M’s actually Pro Day occurred on March 5th. So regardless of what transpired today in College Station, this didn’t help or hurt the status of Manziel’s and Evans’ draft outlook.