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With one notable exception, pro days have been all rainbows and lollipops for quarterback prospects this year.
It's difficult to tell which quarterback was lauded more, but UCF's Blake Bortles and Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel seem to have gotten the most praise.
This was particularly good for Manziel, who had seen critics chip away at his draft stock throughout draft season. Those critics might not be swayed, but Manziel helped himself in the public eye.
NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah tweeted that Manziel had an "outstanding" day, while his quarterbacks coach, George Whitfield Jr., told Alex Dunlap of RosterWatch.com that "teams had all seen Johnny's freelance jazz but today he showed them Mozart."
Before Manziel wowed the crowd, Bortles put on a show, per the Houston Chronicle's John McClain:
Bortles (6-5, 232 at the combine) made every throw during a workout that lasted about 30 minutes.
“I was very impressed,” O’Brien said. “He made every throw I wanted to see, and he showed good footwork.”
O’Brien and Smith met with Bortles on Tuesday night.
“I like what he did,” Smith said. “I was very impressed with him.”
Former NFL quarterback Ron Jaworski of ESPN graded Bortles’ pro day on a scale of 1-10.
“I give him a 10,” Jaworski said.
Outside those two at the top of the draft, it was a nice day for the likes of Virginia Tech's Logan Thomas and Fresno State's Derek Carr. Thomas connected on 56 of 59 passes, as his QB coach Whitfield tweeted. Carr hit 56 of 63 passes and "didn't have a bad throw" according to a scout despite being nauseated, per CBSSports.com's Rob Rang.