By: David Levin (@davidlevin71)
It was Johnny Football’s time to impress draft scouts with his Pro Day performance and did he ever!
Personally, I don’t think these scouting combines and Pro Day events do anything, but create chaos when it comes time to choosing college athletes in the May Draft. Back in the 1960s and 1970s teams like the Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers got it right when it came to selecting football players. You did not see the lights and glamor of ESPN taking video of a running back’s feet or the bench reps a defensive lineman had with other players cheering him on.
It’s all ludacris.
NFL teams have been scouting these players since day-one of the college football season and if the data does not tell them what they need to know, then something is wrong with the franchise’s scouting system. Can you image Tom Landry or Vince Lombardi at a Pro Day event? That would never happen.
What we know is Johnny Football is exciting and a winner. He has a decent arm and is lightning fast for a quarterback and was as important to college football as Tim Tebow was before he left school. Will Manziel be the controversial player Tebow was in the NFL? Who knows, but the Pro Day and the media circus at Kyle Field showed what the sub six-foot dynamo can do on a playing field – with pads on, with a helmet on, but without a 280-pound rush end bearing down on him.
And like the others, the excitement of all this will last about two days – and we the fans and the media will be wondering again if Manziel and the other quarterback prospects can lead a franchise to a Super Bowl.
So, in other words, what’s the point to all of this in the first place?