There isn’t much more that I can say about Johnny Manziel after his pro day Thursday, except that the workout left me even more convinced that he’s a very talented quarterback who has a chance to be a very good player in the NFL. The fact that he worked out in a helmet and pads was unusual because it’s much harder to do it that way; as far as difficulty, Manziel’s throwing session wasn’t on the same plane as the other quarterbacks. For him to take that risk, I thought, further showed what a great competitor he is and how much he wants to show that he can be the best.
Manziel threw several of his passes to Mike Evans, who made himself some money today. Evans looked sensational and is a lock to be a first-round pick. When I release my updated list of top 50 prospects, Evans will be my 11th-best player. He has very big hands and is tall with long arms and is going to be very hard to defend. He’s got build-up speed — by that, I mean he doesn’t start like a guy who has 4.3 speed, but once he gets up field about seven or eight yards he really gets going.
Any questions I had about Evans before the combine, he answered today. He caught the ball a lot better and is a lot more fluid than I thought he was. I was really impressed with him.
Before Manziel went out and did his thing, two other players worked out.
Nehemiah Hicks, TE: When Texas A&M had its pro day a month ago, Hicks was unable to work out, so he did that today. His height wasn’t measured, but he weighed in at 256 pounds. He ran 5.03 and 5.00 in the 40. He had a 29-inch vertical and an 8-foot-11 broad jump. He’ll probably be a free agent.
Tony Hurd, DB: Hurd weighed in at 178 pounds. He ran the 40 in 4.66 and 4.69 seconds. He had a 31-inch vertical, a 9-2 broad jump, a 4.22 short shuttle, and a 6.82 three-cone drill. I think he has some skills as a defensive back, but he’ll be a free agent.