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Mayock moves Manziel to the top of the quarterback list

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NFL personnel people generally say that Pro Day workouts don’t mean much. But they seem to mean a lot to the NFL draft evaluators in the media.

Foremost among those evaluators is Mike Mayock of NFL Network, who on the strength of Johnny Manziel’s strong Pro Day at Texas A&M and Teddy Bridgewater’s weak Pro Day at Louisville has re-arranged his quarterback rankings.

Mayock now has Manziel first, Central Florida’s Blake Bortles second and Bridgewater third. Before the Pro Days, Bridgewater was at the top of Mayock’s rankings.

Whether the Texans agree with Mayock’s assessment and plan to select Manziel with the first overall pick remains to be seen. If Manziel does go first overall, it will have more to do with his body of work on Saturdays in the fall than what he did at that much-hyped Pro Day.

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  1. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 31, 2014 6:21 PM

    Manziel is my #1 QB too. I just like what I see and hear and think this is the kind of guy I would want to work with if I had to pick a QB in the Top 10.

    But don’t discount the relevancy of the value QBs, there are QBs you can take in any of the 7 Rounds that are good choices for those respective later rounds. Even some UDFAs are going to be ripe for the top 1-2 that don’t even get selected.

  2. joeytorontosucks says: Mar 31, 2014 6:26 PM

    Manziel made throws. Bridgewater didn’t.

  3. wiskybuck says: Mar 31, 2014 6:29 PM

    Funny what a guy with broom can do to raise your stock.

  4. trappin4life says: Mar 31, 2014 6:29 PM

    I don’t care what Mayock has him rated as, this guy will still be a BUST in the NFL. .

  5. mjmistretta says: Mar 31, 2014 6:30 PM

    He will slide to Tampa at seven

  6. grimreaper12 says: Mar 31, 2014 6:33 PM

    Pads and a helmet at a Pro day? That’s why they call him Johnny Football. Texans should take him.

  7. thepftpoet says: Mar 31, 2014 6:35 PM

    No matter the QB rankings.

    Every single quarterback in this draft wants to get drafted by the historic Minnesota Vikings who have been known for winning thus having more division titles than anyone else in the NFL.

    Plus he would have the best offensive talent in the NFL around him.

    There’s no better security blanket than handing it off to the best RB in the NFL and having single coverage around the field on play action plays.

    #Skol

  8. thepftpoet says: Mar 31, 2014 6:37 PM

    Can you even imagine Manziel running read option with Adrian Peterson in the back field?

    No matter who the defense tried to tackle, the other one would decimate the defense.

  9. favrewillplay4ever says: Mar 31, 2014 6:37 PM

    Bridge water will be the biggest bust in the draft unless he takes the same kind of fall that Matt Barkely took last year.

  10. 123makarov says: Mar 31, 2014 6:39 PM

    Don’t have any idea on whether Manziel will succeed in the NFL, but Mayock must be on crack.

    The only QB in this draft ready to start on the NFL level is Teddy Bridgewater. He doesn’t look like Luck did coming out, but he looks capable of being a starter without development.

    Bortles, Carr, Manziel, Mettenberger should all sit for a year. Probably 2-3 of them won’t though.

  11. 1509lucky says: Mar 31, 2014 6:40 PM

    I have that Broom going to Oakland on Day 2

  12. ggabe5451 says: Mar 31, 2014 6:41 PM

    None of these guys have played a game since Bowl season and the analysts move them up and down?

  13. ravenswhat says: Mar 31, 2014 6:42 PM

    If you’re the texans you have to draft this guy. If nothing else it will energize the fan base.

  14. 123makarov says: Mar 31, 2014 6:44 PM

    Oh, yeah, and Mayock should have told himself one of his own favorite saying:

    “The tape doesn’t lie.” It doesn’t.

    Manziel scrambles out of the pocket without completing his reads. He makes plays with his feet. He puts balls up for grabs that will be 40/40/20 receptions/picks/incomplete in the NFL, and he does it with regularity.

    Bridgewater made pre-snap adjustments at the line of scrimmage, reading the defense. While his deep ball accuracy is a bit questionable, take a look at his completion % and lack of INTs when forced to scramble. His game stats are incredible.

    It’s all moot anyway cause Teddy will be drafted with one of the top 4 draft picks. Excellent chance he’ll be taken #1 overall.

  15. bn2n2me says: Mar 31, 2014 6:56 PM

    All of yall and mush mouth Mayock sound dumb as hell…There’s only ONE true first round QB this year and his name is Teddy Ballgame Bridgewater. I would take Logan Thomas over ALL these other stiffs you’ve mentioned as well..Pathetic.

  16. antalicus says: Mar 31, 2014 7:00 PM

    Manziel will come to a team and make them want to play better, kind of like what Tebow did in Denver except Manziel can actually throw the ball. I’d much rather have the team with the terrible defense and good offense because its just more exciting to watch and this is why you skip over a guy like Clowney and take Johnny.

  17. gsyl says: Mar 31, 2014 7:03 PM

    Pro days can tell you one important thing: How does a player deal with a situation that has historically been labelled insignificant. Manziel proved he takes it seriously – he prepared, he executed, and found a way to make the best of a dull situation. That’s exactly what a coach wants. A guy who won’t take anything lightly…which is the equivalent of playing down to the competition. Bridgwater did not.

  18. swadehoo says: Mar 31, 2014 7:08 PM

    So what is Mayock trying to do here? Is he trying to be right about which QB goes first in the draft or who he thinks is the best?

  19. j0esixpack says: Mar 31, 2014 7:09 PM

    … in order of height?

  20. j0esixpack says: Mar 31, 2014 7:10 PM

    The question is, where did Manzeil have Tom Brady ranked going into the draft?

  21. csbanter says: Mar 31, 2014 7:15 PM

    Is Manziel better than Ryan Fitzpatrick, Brian Hoyer, Chad Henne or Matt Cassel ? Chances are he starts the season behind one of these guys. Getting poked with a broom is not even close to getting blitzed.

  22. dumdolt says: Mar 31, 2014 7:15 PM

    Mike Mayock also said JaMarcus Russel had the greatest pro day he’s ever seen

  23. realnflmaster says: Mar 31, 2014 7:27 PM

    Teddy BUSTwater is terrible.

  24. nite2al says: Mar 31, 2014 7:35 PM

    Johnny wore pads because his is so small in the upper body…with just a T-shirt, dude would have looked pretty frail.

    However, I wouldn’t bet against this guy.

    NFL is funny. Prototypical QBs fail all the time, but when a small dude fails, all the negatives come out relatecto his size.

    Flutie was more successful than a ton of NFL QBs, but he had to take his talents north early in his career. Back in the day, JF would have never gotten a shot, now he could be the #1 pick.

  25. okeedokeesmokee says: Mar 31, 2014 7:42 PM

    Texans-Clowney
    Rams-Watkins
    Jaguars- JAGUAR JOHNNY !

  26. sonofsamadams says: Mar 31, 2014 7:47 PM

    Isn’t Mayock the clown who always says Pro Days don’t mean much?

  27. ytownjoe says: Mar 31, 2014 7:51 PM

    What does Jaworski have to say about this?

  28. 202folife says: Mar 31, 2014 8:33 PM

    Manziel is Pat White 2.0, Mayock has lost credibility with me for this. Suddenly game tape means nothing?

  29. bensstinkyfingers says: Mar 31, 2014 8:50 PM

    Yeah Johnny may be #1 on mayock”s NFL QB league, I put him #1 on my Pop Warner draft rankings. He Looked great at times in college, he won’t look so great when he faces the speed of NFL defenses. Manziel, reminds me too much of Brady Quinn coming out, alot of show not much go. Only time will tell, but I see many of the draft experts here, as well as Mayock (which I put as much stock in his opinion as anyone else here) have bought into the hype that is Johnny Pigskin.

  30. rcali says: Mar 31, 2014 8:57 PM

    Expect a call from Warren Moon Mr. Mayock.

  31. chinahand11 says: Mar 31, 2014 10:00 PM

    Forgetting what Mr. Wizard Mayock has to say, I heard Johnny did okay IN FULL GEAR on his pro day. Better than some who threw in tee shirts and jocks.

  32. indywilson40 says: Mar 31, 2014 10:01 PM

    Manziel was 6 years old when Brady got drafted, and I’m pretty sure he wasn’t evaluating qb’s at all.

  33. bearshaterseverywhere says: Mar 31, 2014 10:09 PM

    Mayock has no reason being involved with professional football, the guy is bird brain.

    Manziel is Tebow Jr.

  34. cornerstone2001 says: Mar 31, 2014 10:22 PM

    Bridegwater Bust. Mark it down

  35. lennymoorerules says: Mar 31, 2014 10:30 PM

    Manziel to me is a second rounder. Look at the tape from the Mississippi game. Throwing into double coverage (resulted in a INT at the goal line), uses his legs first before scanning the field and he misses open receivers. A number one pick at qb is about ready to start with a little seasoning. I just do not see him worth the risk.

  36. etoharin78 says: Mar 31, 2014 10:32 PM

    This QB class will surprise me if any of them have careers longer than 5 years unless they’re backups.

  37. icallbs81 says: Mar 31, 2014 11:01 PM

    As much as I love to watch the Air Raid offense not many quarterbacks are able to transition to the NFL from running that system in college.

  38. rodh32340 says: Mar 31, 2014 11:22 PM

    There isn’t a first round QB in this group…there are plenty of teams that will over-draft one this year just for need alone. The NFL needs QBs to go in the first round to ensure a great Draft Day, so “experts” are going to oversell the glamor positions.

  39. bucsmightbegood says: Mar 31, 2014 11:27 PM

    Bucs should pick BPA at 7, not of of the 3 Stooges (Manziel, Bortles, and Bridgewater).

    Can’t go wrong with Jake Mathews. Stud Tackles don’t just grow on trees. Mathews is the safest pick in the draft, and he is a major reason Johnny Football could do what he did.

  40. barneyrumble says: Apr 1, 2014 12:07 AM

    It’s simple. Manzel looked on his proday like a player that has been working at his craft and trying to improve, especially in his mechanics.
    Bridgewater looked like a guy that had to be there and didn’t want to be.

    There will be a lot of days they have to be there and I want the guy that wants to be there and is working to get better. That’s Manzel.

  41. warhammer420 says: Apr 1, 2014 12:49 AM

    “The best Pro Day that I’ve ever seen was JaMarcus Russell”

    -Mike Mayock

    Pro Days are absolutely meaningless. You’d think people would know that by now.

  42. tcmangan says: Apr 1, 2014 1:42 AM

    Best known QB this year is the qb from San Jose State, Fayles.
    Hope he gets picked up by a team that take care of him.
    Mayock is nauseating .

  43. anonymousnevermindfishdeath says: Apr 1, 2014 3:19 AM

    Don’t forget his marketability in the area.

  44. nonetruerthanblue says: Apr 1, 2014 10:06 AM

    Real scouts pay no attention to pro days…I have respect for Mayock, but don’t know why he would change based on the pro day. It’s about the body of work. Not just one day.

  45. bluenose1965 says: Apr 1, 2014 10:49 AM

    Texans will take Clowney.

    Manziel needs to go to a team with a strong offensive line, so he can complete his reads. Texans line is not strong, which will lead to scrambling. That’ll be exciting enough, until a 270lb linebacker knocks him into next season.

    As much of a fan as I am of college Johnny Manziel, professional JM may not make it.

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