Wow. We knew that Johnny Manziel's Pro Day was going to be a big deal. But for whatever reason, we didn't know that it was going to be this big of a deal.
Even though ESPN didn't create an entire show based around Johnny Football's big day, they did devote the better part of an hour on SportsCenter to watching Manziel throw passes to his receivers and then talking about and critiquing every single thing that he did on the field. From the fact that he wore pads and a helmet during his Pro Day—which is not something that quarterbacks typically do during Pro Days—to the fact his quarterback coach George Whitfield Jr. was out there on the field with him using a broom to simulate a pass rush, ESPN dissected Manziel's Pro Day like no other Pro Day before it. And people definitely responded to it.
LeBron James was impressed with what he saw:
But he wasn't the only one watching. There were lots and lots of other people watching, too. And those people were tweeting about it so much that #JohnnyManzielProDay, #ManzielProDay, and A&M were all at the top of Twitter's U.S. trending topics list at one point. Here are some of the crazier observations that people made during Manziel's Pro Day:
I know its a pro day. But he looked better than the other two w/ his pads and helmet on. He's going to prove everyone wrong. #ManzielProDay— Kevin (@kevindiliberto) March 27, 2014
The broom guy has no sacks, 4 QB pressures. #ManzielProDay— Paul Pabst (@PaulPabst) March 27, 2014
What this #ManzielProDay coverage needs is an "And 1" hype man. "Miiiike EEEEEVENNNNNS!"— Peyton's Head (@PeytonsHead) March 27, 2014
Perfect deep passes. No more arm strength complaints, please. #JohnnyManzielProDay— Mark Passwaters (@themarkup) March 27, 2014
Manziel's shorts were nasty! He definitely turned some heads today coming out in pads and all. #JohnnyManzielProDay— Tyler Edmondson (@Tylered615) March 27, 2014
Hard to say if Johnny Football is the BEST qb in this draft, but that was a really impressive pro day. Best so far. #ManzielProDay— Stop Believing (@Rastailian) March 27, 2014
What am I missing? Arent you SUPPOSE to ball out on your pro day? #JohnnyManzielProDay did what he was suppose to do. Killed vs whom? Staged— Hector Rivera (@loflier) March 27, 2014
More people are in attendance for Johnny Footballs's pro day than every Florida panthers game combined #JohnnyManzielProDay— Tyler Caronia™ (@TCaronia30) March 27, 2014
Jonny Football will end up being the best QB in the draft simply because he wants to prove all the haters wrong #ManzielProDay— Jonathan Halsey (@jon_halsey) March 27, 2014
You know why #JohnnyManzielProDay wore his pads and helmet today? Cause he's tiny and his pads and helmet mask how small he is. Smart move.— Hector Rivera (@loflier) March 27, 2014
I think Johnny Manziel shut up everybody today with a impressive pro day. #JohnnyManzielProDay— Devin Smith (@RealDevinSmith_) March 27, 2014
Manziel is real.......... (enough said) #TheRegime Johnny— Jarrod West (@Jwest_88) March 27, 2014
I thought Manziel was having a pro day today, how come no one's talking about it on twitter? #ManzielProDay— Mike Haslam (@hazmatt55) March 27, 2014
Can you imagine what's going to happen when this guy is actually, you know, playing in the NFL? The world ain't ready.
In related news, Jon Gruden is comparing Manziel to Steve Young. And as you might expect, that's not sitting well with some people:
comparing Manziel to Steve Young is a slap in the face to number 8— coach boobie (@zeoli15) March 27, 2014
Alright people lets cool it with the Steve Young/Johnny Manziel comparisons!— Mike Errickson (@MikeErrickson) March 27, 2014
Steve Young is not a small man. Gruden needs to get new contact lenses.— Trevvie-Trev (@Trevor_Adams) March 27, 2014
Gruden's QB Camp with Manziel airs tonight on ESPN.