Aggies quarterback Jerrod Johnson holds several team records, but it might not be enough to get him drafted. Johnson lost his starting job at mid-season. He has struggled with his accuracy and his arm strength since off-season shoulder surgery a year ago.
Johnson said Wednesday at A&M's Pro Day that his right (throwing) shoulder is about 95 percent healed. He did look more comfortable Wednesday than he did at the NFL Scouting Combine 10 days ago despite having to throw to Prairie View A&M receivers instead of his own. (Rules prohibit underclassmen returning to school from working out, so none of A&M's receivers were available.)
Johnson went through a script of 54 plays, with one high throw and one dropped pass.
"There were a couple of balls I wish I could have had back, but overall it went pretty good, so I'm happy with it," Johnson said.
Zeke Bratkowski, a former NFL quarterback who worked with Tim Tebow before last year’s draft, has been working with Johnson in Nashville. Bratkowski ran the throwing session.
Houston Texans quarterbacks coach Greg Knapp was among those who watched Johnson with interest.
"I thought he was fine," Knapp said. "You've to take into consideration the rules that are set here for the quarterbacks. They can't work out with their guys that they've worked with for four or five years in college. We understand that he had a couple of guys from Prairie View that he's just been throwing to recently, for a couple of days. Sometimes the route is not the same timing as the footwork of the quarterback's drops. So I thought he was fine with his accuracy. Incredible workhorse. I mean, he really did a lot of reps for a work out and didn't slow down. He wanted to do another one. You could just tell by his demeanor. It's nice to see he's a hard worker, no doubt about it."
Johnson, who could have been a second- or third-round choice if he had come out after his junior season, doesn't care if he's drafted. All he wants is a chance. Houston seems like a likely landing spot, with former A&M quarterback Gary Kubiak as the head coach and backup quarterback Matt Leinart on his way out as a free agent.
“I just want to get an opportunity,” Johnson said. “I feel that I definitely can play this game, and I think I can play the game well. I think my shoulder is about healed. I’m just ready to go, ready to get back on a team. I just want somebody to give me an opportunity, and I’ll make the most of it.”
-- Charean Williams