Texans leave Manziel’s pro day impressed
Johnny Manziel had quite the audience Thursday at his personal pro day at Texas A&M with representatives from 30 NFL teams, eight head coaches, eight general managers, one Texas governor, and one former U.S. president all in attendance.
Despite a viewing crowd that included Rick Perry and George H.W. Bush, one man’s opinion mattered more, Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien, and came away impressed.
"He made every throw, and he was well prepared," O’Brien told the Houston Chronicle. "I saw every throw I needed to see. He was very impressive."
Manziel completed 61-of-64 passes, shocking attendees by wearing full pads and helmet (along with his new personalized Nike collection) for this prepared drills. He was also privately interviewed by the Texans afterwards.
Rick Smith chats with Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin while watching Manziel. https://t.co/CWLP9xVmAj
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Texans general manager Rick Smith, who stated earlier this week Manziel is ‘an exciting football player’ and he could see him being a fit with in Houston, had more praise for the former Aggie quarterback.
"He had a great day," Smith said. "He made every throw, but we’ve seen him make those throws on film."
Reports earlier in the offseason said O’Brien might not be sold on Manziel, but after an impressive pro day, the Texans decision on what to do with the top pick just got more difficult.
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