Rand: A closer look at elite QBs after Pro Days

  • Updated: March 27, 2014 - 10:27 PM

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel passes the ball during a drill at pro day for NFL football representatives�in College Station, Texas, Thursday, March 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)

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The Vikings will take a quarterback in the May draft. They have already said as much.

The question remains whether they will take one with the No. 8 overall pick or address that need in a later round.

What we do know is that the three QBs likely to warrant a top-eight pick have completed their “Pro Days” now that Johnny Manziel threw Thursday.

As such, let’s recap how each of them did, primarily from a Vikings’ perspective, with an emphasis on Manziel:

Johnny Manziel

Pro Day on Thursday at Texas A&M

Who was there? GM Rick Spielman, head coach Mike Zimmer, offensive coordinator Norv Turner and QB coach Scott Turner.

Every team except the Browns and Bears had some representation, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

How did he look? It’s hard to really tell during a scripted workout, but Manziel completed 61 of 64 throws.

What was said: “My main thing is I’m not scared of anything. I don’t play that way.” — Manziel, to the NFL Network. Part II: “This guy is an amazing player, and then you see his physical skills. It just helps to see a guy in person. — Norv Turner, to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

What’s next: Manziel is slated to meet with Vikings representatives on Friday and is also supposed to have a non-choreographed workout with the Purple at some point.

Teddy Bridgewater

Pro Day on March 17 in Louisville

Who was there? Spielman, Zimmer and Turner. A total of 29 teams were reportedly in attendance.

How did he look? Not so good. The normally accurate Bridgewater apparently had some problems hitting his targets and drew negative reviews.

What was said? “I expected a little bit more today.” — NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock.

Blake Bortles

Pro Day on March 19 at Central Florida

Who was there? Spielman, Zimmer and Turner. A total of 27 teams were reportedly there.

How did he look? Bortles threw to generally favorable reviews — much more so than Bridgewater. ESPN’s Ron Jaworski was particularly impressed, grading his performance a 10 out of 10.

What was said? “I was very impressed. He made every throw I wanted to see, and he showed good footwork.” — Texans coach Bill O’Brien.

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