Pro Day Tour '14: More Than Manziel

Johnny Manziel wasn't the only player at Texas A&M — or the only quarterback — working out for scouts (including scouts from Green Bay) on Thursday. (Note: This was updated on Friday to update one of the workouts.)

The center of the football universe on Thursday was College Station, Texas, where quarterback Johnny Manziel held his pro day workout in front of 75 NFL scouts, coaches and general managers.

Manziel, of course, had to throw the ball to someone. No, it wasn't former President George H.W. Bush, who was in attendance. Rather, the headliner was towering 6-foot-5 receiver Mike Evans.

The Packers obviously don't need Manziel, and Evans is projected to be off the board long before Green Bay is on the clock with the 21st selection.

The top player of interest from Green Bay's perspective was receiver Derel Walker, who is projected as an undrafted free agent by NFLDraftScout.com.

This was Green Bay's second look at Walker, as he ran in the 4.5s at A&M's regular pro day on March 5. Walker (6-2, 185), who caught 51 passes for 818 yards (16.0 average) five touchdowns as a senior, had another good day, catching every ball thrown his way and flashing his route-running skill and ability to haul in the deep ball.

Ball State

While Manziel was the headline-making quarterback, the Packers got another look at record-setting Keith Wenning.

As a senior, Wenning (6-3, 218) completed 64.1 percent of his passes for 4,148 yards with 35 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He had a good week at the East-West Shrine Game and was invited to the Scouting Combine. He finished his career with 11,187 passing yards and 91 touchdown passes.

Details of his workout were not available. We'll update this story when possible.

Wenning's top receiver, Willie Snead IV, caught 106 passes for 1,516 yards and 15 touchdowns as a junior in 2013. Snead (5-11, 195) ran in 4.62 with a 33.5-inch vertical at the Scouting Combine but improved to 4.46 with a 37-inch vertical, according to a source. He caught every pass during drills.

(Update: Wenning, according to a source, went through a light passing workout that was focused mostly on Snead and defensive end/outside linebacker Jonathan Newsome. Scouts, after watching Wenning at the all-star game and Combine, said they didn't need to see Wenning go through a full scripted workout. "It was a very positive day," the source said.)

East Carolina

The Pirates' lone draftable prospect is linebacker Derrell Johnson. According to Tony Pauline, Johnson (6-1, 248) had a big day with 40-yard times between 4.62 and 4.65 seconds. Playing outside linebacker in East Carolina's scheme, Johnson had a monster season with a conference-best eight sacks and a team-high 14 tackles for losses.


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