Reports from pro day: Vikings doing their homework on Johnny Manziel
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Johnny Manziel's pro day has become a made-for-TV event. The appetite for Manziel mania is insatiable.
With all the hype surrounding the talented quarterback from Texas A&M, many speculate where in the first round he'll be drafted.
Currently the Vikings have the No. 8 pick and are in desperate need for a quarterback. Some wonder whether Minnesota would take a quarterback and forego the opportunity to upgrade its defense.
It's widely considered this draft has three quarterbacks in the top tier: Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater and Blake Bortles. Derek Carr, of Fresno State, also appears to be moving up draft boards.
How much can we learn from a scripted workout? That much is not clear, but some scouts debate their worth.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer apparently has told reporters he's more concerned with evaluating Johnny Football's leadership ability; he'll reportedly leave the talent evaluation up to offensive coordinator Norv Turner.
In keeping with those reports, Chase Goodbread of NFL.com tweeted Thursday that Zimmer spent time talking with Manziel's college coach, Kevin Sumlin.
#Vkings coach Mike Zimmer spent a lot of time talking to Kevin Sumlin while Manziel threw.— Chase Goodbread (@ChaseGoodbread) March 27, 2014
Here's what Zimmer told Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Mike Zimmer shrugged at Manziel's workout: "It was different. It was a different workout." Also called it a "sideshow."— Charean Williams (@NFLCharean) March 27, 2014
Other analysts and media members came away impressed with Manziel, for whatever that's worth.
Watching Manziel since his FR year I am NOT surprised that he did well today. In fact I would've been shocked if he didn't!— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) 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
Johnny Manziel completed 61 of 63 passes at his Pro Day— NFL Access (@NFL_Access) March 27, 2014
Add #Eagles to list of NFL teams to send head coach to Manziel's pro day. Somehow missed him.— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) March 27, 2014
His pro day even included a few celebrity guests.
George and Barbara Bush rolling up in golf cart for Johnny Manziel Pro Day now— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) March 27, 2014