With all eyes on him, Johnny Manziel will be doing something a little different during Texas A&M's pro day Thursday.
While most prospects wear shorts and T-shirts during their pro days, Manziel will be wearing a helmet and shoulder pads as he tosses the ball around.
Johnny Manziel plans provide a little twist to his Pro Day for NFL eyes: He will wear helmet and shoulder pads when he throws.— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) March 27, 2014
Here's a look at Manziel in his black helmet and jersey:
"Yes, he is wearing shoulder pads. This is new." pic.twitter.com/LpI2YXQhCi— NFL (@nfl) March 27, 2014
Manziel explained his decision to NFL.com's Gil Brandt:
Just asked Manziel why the pads and helmet at pro day: "Isn't the game played with them on?"— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) March 27, 2014
Albert Breer of the NFL Network passes along more perspective on Manziel's decision:
Source on Manziel's decision to throw in pads: "Because anyone can throw in a t-shirt and shorts." #jff— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 27, 2014
Bleacher Report's Matt Miller relays some speculation from an NFL scout and his own take:
Text from a team scout just now: "You know Manziel is throwing in a helmet to make himself look taller." And such is the cynicism of scouts— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) March 27, 2014
Manziel is showing he's a competitor, and not afraid by coming out in helmet & pads to throw. Love that in a QB.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) March 27, 2014
Plenty of NFL coaches will be in the house to see the Heisman Trophy winner in action: