NFL Draft season is in full swing and programs across the nation are putting their top prospects on display for NFL Draft at their school’s Pro Days.
It’s also an opportunity for former players to get noticed, and Johnny Manziel will reportedly be among the former NFL players who are looking for a second chance in the league.
According to Bruce Feldman of Sports Illustrated, Manziel will participate in the University of San Diego Pro Day on Thursday where he will go through throwing drills.
“Johnny Manziel is expected to be the QB throwing to receivers at University of San Diego’s Pro Day Thursday morning. This figures to be the first time NFL teams have had a chance to see the former first-rounder throw since his days with the Browns,” Feldman wrote on Twitter.
How is that possible? Pro Football Talk explains.
Underclassmen can’t throw for pro day workouts so graduating prospects and former players are the typical players called upon to throw during the workouts if a quarterback isn’t a part of the school’s pro hopefuls. Manziel hasn’t played in a NFL game since December 2015.
Manziel has a lot of work to do before regaining the trust of NFL teams, but he has been actively campaigning and attempting to show that his immaturity and off-field issues are a thing of the past.
If he can meet with teams on Thursday and further display that he has grown since being out of the NFL, perhaps someone could be willing to take a flier on the first-rounder for an offseason roster.
Of course, Manziel will first have to show that he hasn’t lost a step and that his arm is still up to par with other signal-callers around the league. Those questions will be answered in a matter of hours when the Pro Day takes place.