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No decision yet, but Manziel feels he’s ready for the NFL

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It officially remains to be seen whether Johnny Manziel will do the expected and leave Texas A&M early for the NFL.  There’s little doubt, though, that the quarterback has confidence in his readiness to do so if that’s the path he ultimately takes.

Ahead of the Heisman Trophy ceremony Saturday, the reigning winner, who’s a finalist for this year’s award, was asked if he thought he was ready to play at the next level as early as next season.

In my mind, I think I am,” Manziel said according to Jimmy Burch of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “I feel like I’m playing, for the most part, at a really high level of football. I’m putting the ball where I want it to be and I’m throwing it with a lot of velocity.”

Late last month, A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin was quoted as saying Manziel would announce a decision on his playing future prior to the Aggies’ bowl game.  Sumlin later clarified those remarks, intimating that decision from the redshirt sophomore wouldn’t come until after A&M’s season was complete.

As for his current timeline for a decision, Burch writes that Manziel “will use ‘the next couple of weeks…’ to huddle with A&M coach Kevin Sumlin, private passing instructor George Whitfield Jr. and others before making his call about calling it a career at A&M.”  The Aggies will face Duke in the Dec. 31 Chick-fil-A Bowl; at some point between then and the mid-January deadline for draft-eligible players to declare their intentions, Manziel will make his decision public.

It’s expected that, once Manziel gathers all of the information from those he trusts, the quarterback will officially declare for the April draft.  Coming off a season in which, as Burch notes, he tossed more touchdown passes and had a higher completion percentage than in his Heisman-winning debut season — and four more interceptions, to be fair — Manziel is looked upon as the prototypical draft wildcard.

While viewed as a first-round pick by most draftniks, his positioning in that round is wildly varied.  One CBSSports.com draft expert has him going No. 4 overall, while SBNation.com sees him at No. 20.  Sports Illustrated has him inside the Top 10 at No. 8, while FOXSports.com slots him just outside the Top 10 at No. 11.

Rotoworld‘s Josh Norris, meanwhile, rates Manziel as the No. 28 draft-eligible player.  In other words, get ready for some very Tebow-ish debate over the next four months… if Manziel leaves collegiate eligibility on the table, of course.

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29 Responses to “No decision yet, but Manziel feels he’s ready for the NFL”
  1. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Dec 12, 2013 10:15 AM

    This decision was made a year ago. What’re the odds Mayfield transfers here? I know Matt Davis left, but know little about the other QBs.

  2. mogogo1 says: Dec 12, 2013 10:50 AM

    Financially it could be the smart move, since he could always get seriously hurt coming back to A&M for another year. But several games down the stretch made it clear he’s in no way ready for the NFL. The LSU game was the nightmare every personnel guy has about Johnny, he looked just okay against a Missouri team that got shredded by Auburn in their next game, and he had three picks against a clearly inferior Miss State team.

    And I’m betting at the moment every team is looking at him as the second coming of RG3 in terms of his attitude, which isn’t a plus.

  3. jimbo75025 says: Dec 12, 2013 12:02 PM

    mogogo1 says: Dec 12, 2013 10:50 AM

    Financially it could be the smart move, since he could always get seriously hurt coming back to A&M for another year. But several games down the stretch made it clear he’s in no way ready for the NFL. The LSU game was the nightmare every personnel guy has about Johnny, he looked just okay against a Missouri team that got shredded by Auburn in their next game, and he had three picks against a clearly inferior Miss State team.

    And I’m betting at the moment every team is looking at him as the second coming of RG3 in terms of his attitude, which isn’t a plus.
    ——
    I agree with most of your statement. Manziel was exposed in a big way the latter half of the season.

    However, Manziels maturity compared to RGknee is not even close-and that is a bad thing. RGknee had the maturity of a Peyton Manning or Tom Brady compared with Manziel.

  4. dmvtransplant says: Dec 12, 2013 12:03 PM

    @ mogogo1

    The Manziel family is rich, money has nothing to do with it. It’s about proving he can pay against grown a$$ men and not boys in college.

  5. dmvtransplant says: Dec 12, 2013 12:06 PM

    I meant play against

  6. imaduffer says: Dec 12, 2013 12:17 PM

    Jerry Jones would draft him.

  7. txstatebobcats1868 says: Dec 12, 2013 12:19 PM

    really hoping this kid sticks around one more year.
    1) needs to mature more
    2) needs to bulk up a little more if he expects to take hits from the big boys
    3) him and mike evans are fun as hell to watch together
    4) I enjoy hearing the notjohnnymanziel twitter account too much, and if he gets drafted and sits on the bench thats going to go the way of the dinosaurs.
    5) as someone else already stated his family already has $$$ he shouldn’t be worried about money

    I could be a little biased wanting this kid to stay in school considering how long my tenure at Tx St has lasted.

  8. wabbitslayer says: Dec 12, 2013 12:36 PM

    Tim Tebow still feels ready, too.

  9. noleitup says: Dec 12, 2013 12:37 PM

    Ahhhhh! I get it now. Thats why Saban hasn’t signed his extension yet.

  10. CBFAN says: Dec 12, 2013 12:38 PM

    Said this before and will say it again. The NFL is a completely different game than college. Manziel is not an NFL quarterback.

  11. spacemaker101 says: Dec 12, 2013 12:43 PM

    Haha maybe the CFL buddy sorry you’re not for the NFL..

  12. southernpatriots says: Dec 12, 2013 2:03 PM

    I have sure enjoyed watching Johnny develop and improve as he has played at TAMU. I will miss my alma mater playing and beating Johnny and his teammates each time our teams have played since they have joined the SEC and renewed the century old neighboring state rivalry. Manziel is the most exciting and entertaining football player to come along in a long time.

    I want to wish Johnny Manziel and his teammates, as well as all CFT posters, regulars and irregulars, a Most Merry Christmas!

  13. ronarch13 says: Dec 12, 2013 2:10 PM

    Johnny Manziel = Colt McCoy

  14. pushingiron says: Dec 12, 2013 2:20 PM

    I believe another year would help Manziel a lot. He needs to add some bulk to his frame, like Wilson did. The arm and talent are already there, but his body needs to develop further. The past couple of games he was dealing with a fractured thumb in his throwing hand (he was seen wearing a cast in Vegas), a partially separated shoulder and two ankles that had to stay taped. A healthy off season will do him wonders. Like Southernpatriots I believe he is the most exciting player college football has seen in a long, long time, but I am biased since he plays for my alma mater. Hill won’t be a JFF, but he was the top rated dual threat QB in the country and should provide a lot of highlights of his own.

    I wish all of the CFT staff, posters, and viewers a Merry and safe Christmas and New Years.

  15. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 12, 2013 2:36 PM

    Manziel is gone and that decision was made a long time ago.

    Mayfield is not coming here because by the time he’s eligible Kyle Allen will be a redshirt freshman and the keys will probably be handed to him.

    Unless next year Kenny Hill can show a little more than we’ve seen so far from him.

  16. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 12, 2013 2:37 PM

    And people… please stop comparing Manziel to Tebow…. it’s such a dumb comparison on so many levels.

  17. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 12, 2013 2:49 PM

    mogogo1 says: Dec 12, 2013 10:50 AM

    The LSU game was the nightmare every personnel guy has about Johnny, he looked just okay against a Missouri team that got shredded by Auburn in their next game, and he had three picks against a clearly inferior Miss State team.
    _________________________

    The three games you listed there were the last 3 of the season. Isn’t it possible that his injury was hampering him more than he let on, maybe even more than he let Sumlin know?

  18. mogogo1 says: Dec 12, 2013 3:02 PM

    dmvtransplant says:

    @ mogogo1

    The Manziel family is rich, money has nothing to do with it.
    ____________

    The family having money doesn’t necessarily mean they’re going to let Johnny spend it. If money had nothing to do with it, he wouldn’t have been hawking his autograph.

  19. onlyoneleft says: Dec 12, 2013 3:35 PM

    I hope he stays another year. There are a couple of teams in the SEC that I would like to see him light up.

  20. Deb says: Dec 12, 2013 4:14 PM

    No decision yet … who’s he kidding?

  21. coolhorn46 says: Dec 12, 2013 4:29 PM

    An old Chuck Berry song comes to mind…Bye Bye Johnny…

    Manziel’s got everything to gain, and nothing to lose, by making himself eligible for the draft. He was a once in a lifetime quarterback for agricultural, and he will make a fine NFL quarterback if he lands with a team that knows how to utilize his unique skill set.

    He played for my favorite team’s one-time rival, but rivalries aside, I wish him luck in the league. I enjoyed watching him play, even if I wasn’t fond of his uniform color.

  22. jhastrello says: Dec 12, 2013 4:37 PM

    He had the bad hand/thumb for most of the last half of the season. Never used it as an excuse, at any time. He buckled up his chin strap, and played.

    Chip Kelly in Philadelphia will likely do whatever it takes to be able to draft Manziel if he comes out this year. No matter how in love the Philly Fan’s seem to be right now with Nick Foles.

    The Cowboy’s and JJ will NOT draft Manziel – for that would be really admitting that the large amount of $$$ that they just gave to Romo was for nothing. Not going to happen.

    Having Manziel playing on Sunday’s under Kelly in Philly, would be a real scary proposition – and fun to watch. Even if I’m a big Cowboy’s fan.

  23. coolhorn46 says: Dec 12, 2013 4:42 PM

    If, as I suspect, the new Houston Texans head coach goes by the last name of Sumlin, I wouldn’t be surprised to see them become players for Manziel.

    I’d be surprised if Manziel is a first round choice, and Houston will have a high second rounder that could be used to draft him. It will be interesting seeing where he lands.

  24. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 12, 2013 5:21 PM

    No way Sumlin leaves…. he JUST signed a contract extension a week ago.

    As far as Manziel’s draft position, with Mariota staying and Murray injured, the only QB ahead of him now is Bridgewater, and there are a lot of teams drafting that need a QB. Wouldn’t be surprised if he goes in the top 10 even top 5.

    And I wouldn’t be that surprised if someone reached up to #1 for him ala Cam Newton in 2011.

    I personally feel he should be a high 2nd rounder but teams reach for QBs… it happens ALL the time.

  25. coolhorn46 says: Dec 12, 2013 5:35 PM

    Teams reach for quarterbacks, but not that often for quarterbacks that don’t have the measureables, or the typical NFL game. Manziel has neither, and any team drafting him is gonna have to alter their offense to fit Manziel’s strengths, ala: the Redskins and RGIII. That one hasn’t worked out so well in D.C.

    Oh, and Sumlin hasn’t signed his extension, last I heard.

  26. padraighansen says: Dec 12, 2013 6:49 PM

    This just proves that Johnny Football isn’t that bright….why would he take a pay cut and go to the NFL?

  27. dkhhuey says: Dec 12, 2013 7:47 PM

    He’ll be Johny Irrelevant within 2 years and Johnny Who in 4 which is awesome because he has been so over hyped for 2 years that the vast majority of people will love never hearing his name again!!!

  28. topdawg4ever says: Dec 13, 2013 1:20 AM

    He will be smashed like a little bug IF he gets to the NFL. Can’t wait!

  29. pushingiron says: Dec 13, 2013 10:04 AM

    Sumlin hasn’t signed the contract because the deal has to be approved by the Board of Regents first, he has agreed in principal to it. He isn’t going anywhere.

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