Dec 31, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) celebrates defeating the Duke Blue Devils during the 2013 Chick-fil-A Bowl at the Georgia Dome. Texas A&M won 52-48. Mandatory Credit: Paul Abell-USA TODAY Sports
There has been a change at the top of Mike Mayock’s quarterback rankings. Take note, mortals.
Mayock hath decreed that Johnny Manziel henceforth shall be considered the best of the quarterback prospects in this year’s draft.
Previous #1 quarterback Teddy Bridgewater shall now be considered only the third best of the quarterback prospects.
Blake Bortles shall be considered second best among quarterback prospects, behind only Johnny Manziel.
Derek Carr shall be considered fourth best. AJ McCarron and Jimmy Garoppolo shall be tied for fifth best. Beyond that, you’re on your own.
What is behind Mayock’s decision to elevate Manziel to the throne while demoting Bridgewater all the way to third?
Gotta be that pro day buzz, baby.
Bridgewater had a sub-par workout in the eyes of many, while the consensus on Manziel is that he totally killed it.
How valuable is a pro day workout conducted in ideal conditions with everything choreographed to help the player succeed?
Not very valuable. Unless you do unexpectedly poorly or unexpectedly well.
Had Bridgewater simply lived up to expectations, he probably would be okay. But he didn’t.
Manziel maybe didn’t exceed what his fans expected, but he did show his detractors a little more than what they thought he would.
He impressed Ron Jaworski so much that Jaworski did a total flip-flop on him.
Mayock was similarly impressed by Manziel. And he obviously was not impressed by Bridgewater.
So goes the endless draft value shuffle. How many more times will these rankings change before the actual draft?
We still have over a month for someone to really screw up and torpedo their own draft stock. If it happens, Mayock will let us know.