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Agent confirms Manziel won’t throw at Combine or Aggies Pro Day


Yes, Johnny Football will throw footballs (and presumably do other stuff) for scouts before the draft.  No, he won’t be doing any of it at the Scouting Combine or the Texas A&M Pro Day.

Agent Erik Burkhardt said last night on Twitter that Manziel will throw for scouts at his own personal Pro Day workout on March 27, and then privately for teams.

The declaration has prompted some of the same-old criticism that applies to quarterbacks who choose not to throw to a revolving-door of receivers they don’t know at the Scouting Combine.  And while it’s true that quarterbacks who choose to work out at the Combine rarely see their draft stock fall, top-end quarterbacks who have passed on passing there also never see that work against them, either.

That said, some players over the years have suffered injuries at the Combine.  While quarterback drills don’t involve sprinting and cutting and potential accidental contact, there’s still an incremental chance that Manziel would emerge from the event with some sort of injury that could affect his draft standing.

The bigger eyebrow raise comes from the decision to skip the Aggies’ Pro Day workout, since that’s where the quarterback throws to receivers with whom he’s familiar.

Three of those familiar receivers, we’ll told, will be running the routes and catching the passes on Manziel’s on-campus March 27, and during all private workouts.  So while fewer scouts will be taking in the full A&M Pro Day on March 5, three Aggies will be getting extended scrutiny via the various Manziel workouts.

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32 Responses to “Agent confirms Manziel won’t throw at Combine or Aggies Pro Day”
  1. tvjules says: Feb 15, 2014 12:12 PM

    Wow – Diva.
    Maybe you should take Clowney, Houston.

  2. dietrich43 says: Feb 15, 2014 12:13 PM

    Doesn’t want to hurt his autograph hand.

  3. micknangold says: Feb 15, 2014 12:17 PM

    The best thing about QBs skipping the combine is the way Mike Mayock calls out the guys who stayed home.

  4. despenc925 says: Feb 15, 2014 12:24 PM

    he won’t throw at the combine or the aggies day, and he wants to be picked #1 overall?! yeah, good luck with that buddy. I’m not throwing at the combine or my pro day (backyard) either.

  5. therealraider says: Feb 15, 2014 12:25 PM

    Don’t these player realize throwing at the combine is the best way to showcase your skills.. lets say a player only does his pro day and some team wants him to fall to them.. They will purposely put out bad press in hopes that players slip.. which hurts the player.. showcase your skills in front of everyone and if you have a bad day you can make up for it at your pro day.

  6. realnflmaster says: Feb 15, 2014 12:35 PM

    He’s throwing privately for team and at his pro day. Why does he need to throw at the combine to appease the loser fans who are complaining about it?

    Get a life, jealous haters.


  7. waxthat says: Feb 15, 2014 12:40 PM


    You are delusional. Manziel doesn’t need to throw at the combine or pro day. He’ll be throwing in private workouts.

    People act as if the combine and pro day are for top ten picks to prove to the masses that they deserve to be picked number 1 overall. Johnny will do his work in private workouts and private interviews.

  8. therealraider says: Feb 15, 2014 12:40 PM

    Now we know realnflmaster has a Fat Head of Manziel in his bedroom.

  9. therealraider says: Feb 15, 2014 12:54 PM

    waxthat says:

    “People act as if the combine and pro day are for top ten picks to prove to the masses that they deserve to be picked number 1 overall”


    That is exactly what its for.. The “masses” your referring to are every scout and GM in the league. The combine isn’t about the fans, they only started to televise it in 2004 and its still limited to NFL network.

  10. canuck54143 says: Feb 15, 2014 12:56 PM

    sounds like he ends up in 4th, 5th rd like last years top 10 qbs. Enjoy the short career.

  11. ryann252013 says: Feb 15, 2014 1:03 PM

    This might be because he already knows where he is going due to an owner or GM. But still…wow..not even at his pro day, pretty ridiculous.

  12. qdog112 says: Feb 15, 2014 1:03 PM

    People must realize that Johnny is different. It’s not him with the problem, it’s everyone else, but Richie, umh, I mean Johnny.

    Hell, they named a sport that’s been played 125 years after him. Why should he throw?

  13. nawlinssaints1956 says: Feb 15, 2014 1:07 PM

    Manziel = Tebow.2…

  14. doe22us says: Feb 15, 2014 1:08 PM

    If you are a true competitor/baller you throw play in any type of condition or environment, this guy doesnt have what it takes..

  15. bunjy96 says: Feb 15, 2014 1:19 PM

    doe22us says: Feb 15, 2014 1:08 PM

    If you are a true competitor/baller you throw play in any type of condition or environment, this guy doesnt have what it takes..

    Who the hell does he think he is? What a diva and problem child of the first order. Would wish him on any team!

  16. bunjy96 says: Feb 15, 2014 1:22 PM

    Meant WOULDN’T

  17. foofooface says: Feb 15, 2014 1:31 PM

    The title of this article says he won’t throw, but in the body of it, it says he will. Which is it?

  18. tootitan says: Feb 15, 2014 1:35 PM

    Uh . . . . . Shouldn’t that read ‘four Aggies’? Or is Manzeil not still an Aggie? I’m so confused . . . . .

  19. seabrawk12 says: Feb 15, 2014 1:45 PM

    B. U. S. T.

  20. riverhorsey says: Feb 15, 2014 1:47 PM

    Houston has this guy locked up at No. 1

  21. wayneflores says: Feb 15, 2014 1:53 PM

    Combine is becoming a waste of time.

  22. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 15, 2014 2:13 PM

    Throwing at the Combine is a farce that agents want to put an end to. Matter of fact the vast majority of the Combine is a farce, other than medicals and interviews.

    There should be a flat fee paid to participants for showing up and extra money for competing in and winning events. As it is the agents have to bankroll the training, and they can’t bankroll everyone. Lesser prospects get left behind from the start. League is making money off the event, and it was their idea in the first place. Pony up if you want to watch the dog and pony show.

  23. monkeyhateclean says: Feb 15, 2014 2:17 PM

    When you are already widely projected as the #1 overall pick, why have your throws and mechanics in a non-game situation subjected to hyper-analysis?

    I’m sure NFL coaches and scouts aren’t happy about it either, but NOT throwing isn’t going to cost Manziel, whereas throwing might.

    As such, this is a very sensible decision.

  24. vikingsvoice says: Feb 15, 2014 2:56 PM

    Smart move from Manziel. The selling point on Johnny Football is his dynamic play on the field. Already being discussed as a potential first pick overall, throwing scripted routes in shorts won’t help his stock whatsoever.

  25. time4complaints says: Feb 15, 2014 3:25 PM

    It’s strange that he won’t throw at the Aggies’ Pro Day: (1) because he would be throwing to the receivers that he is familiar with; and (2) it would give an opportunity for his less heralded teammates to get exposure to many scouts that are now less likely to attend.

  26. thestrategyexpert says: Feb 15, 2014 3:39 PM

    If you read the helmet, it’s not A&M it’s ATM, this guy is an ultimate money making machine, and he can play QB!

  27. flylikearaven88 says: Feb 15, 2014 4:02 PM

    And this guy wants to go No. 1 overall…. Diva much?

  28. majorthinker2 says: Feb 15, 2014 4:42 PM

    Let’s face it. The critics were not Manzel fans in the first place and those on the positive side are loyal regardless. I really do like the comment about naming a sport that has been played for 125 years after him!

  29. azjam says: Feb 15, 2014 4:45 PM

    Really wish all qbs would throw at the Combine but the bottom line is that many of the top ones just don’t. Can’t criticize Manzeil as each year there are a couple of QBs that don’t throw at the Combine. It doesn’t hurt their draft selection.

  30. 1509lucky says: Feb 15, 2014 5:20 PM

    Outside of Mel Kiper(LMAO) who is protecting him at #1?

  31. angelchavez75 says: Feb 15, 2014 5:48 PM

    Horrible decision, im a fan, but now i am questioning his skills and confidence. Where else can you show the world you are deserving of the #1 overall selection

  32. kev86 says: Feb 15, 2014 7:25 PM

    What a wimpy decision…can’t even throw at a pro day? Hello Cleveland.

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