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Did Manziel and Clowney request NFL Draft evaluations?

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Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel recently left the door open a crack for a potential return to the Aggies in 2014. During a radio interview on The Dan Patrick Show leading up to last week’s Heisman Trophy ceremony, Manziel said his decision on whether to leave a year early for the NFL Draft may be weighted on the feedback received from an NFL Draft evaluation. The suggestion being if Manziel was rated a first-round draft pick, he would leave for the pros. If not, he would consider returning for one more year of college football.

“I don’t know what I would do,” Manziel said when asked what he would do if he was not going to be a first round draft pick. “It would be a decision I would have to make with my family and see what was best for me. It would probably mean returning to A&M another year but I would just see what’s in that position.”

But what if he never received an evaluation?

That could be the case. Albert Breer of noted Manziel’s name was missing from the list of 156 players who submitted requests for an evaluation. Neither did South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.

Of course, keep in mind that an evaluation is not required for any underclassmen thinking about making a leap to the NFL. The fact Manziel and Clowney each passed on an evaluation may not mean much of anything, but it is rather interesting considering the years each had.

By all accounts Manziel had a fantastic year this season, improving on his passing numbers and production from his 2012 Heisman Trophy season despite having a few more rough moments along the way. Clowney’s season was tarnished by nagging injuries and rumors about taking it easy knowing the NFL was waiting. His production took a hit but when he was at his best he was still difficult to slow down. For a long time both were seemingly bound for the NFL as soon as possible.

As Breer suggests, it is possible Manziel and Clowney have already made up their minds on their playing future. If they return to play next season in the SEC, it would be a surprise.

The deadline for underclassmen to declare for the 2014 NFL Draft is January 15.

UPDATE (8:57 pm ET): It seems there are some conflicting reports on the total number of evaluation requests. Bob McGinn of Journal Sentinel in Wisconsin notes there were 201 requests. If that is the actual number, or closer to it, perhaps Manziel and/or Clowney’s names could be included after all.

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13 Responses to “Did Manziel and Clowney request NFL Draft evaluations?”
  1. elwaysagenius says: Dec 19, 2013 8:57 PM

    Can’t imagine why they would need to. Clowney is a top 3 pick, and manziel is probably a top 10 guy

  2. doggeatdogg says: Dec 19, 2013 9:40 PM

    In other words, what are my chances of playing for Houston, Tampa, or Jax?

  3. imaduffer says: Dec 20, 2013 12:33 AM

    The talent coming out of college just isn’t what it use to be. That being said, I wouldn’t waste a pick on either one of them

    The entitled one and he one that might show up on Sunday.

  4. goodfieldnohit says: Dec 20, 2013 1:20 AM


    Manziel isn’t the most electric/exciting player in college football in the last decade?

    I hope he goes back to A&M and signs a bunch more autographs and does jello shots off of the ass cracks of college girls who have low self esteem.

  5. ozarkannie74 says: Dec 20, 2013 7:44 AM

    Well here we go again – they should call him Johnny Ego – if he’s not a first round pick he’s not going into the draft. Not a smart move if he wants to play Pro Ball. Seen too many like him that are at their best decide to go one more year and either get hurt, have a really bad year, or someone new comes on the scene to steal his thunder. 1st round he will probably be in Texas or Jacksonville, is that really what he wants?

    It will be interesting to see what he does – JMO but I think he’s just trying to build up interest in the NFL to keep all eyes on him. May work, may not – we’ll see :)

  6. newlydead says: Dec 20, 2013 9:45 AM

    doggeatdogg says:
    Dec 19, 2013 9:40 PM
    In other words, what are my chances of playing for Houston, Tampa, or Jax?


    hopefully not Tampa. that’s all Tampa needs is an overrated college QB. People have to remember that most weeks in college, the best guy on the opposing teams defense would be the worst guy on a pro teams defense. He won’t get the 8 – 10 seconds to run around the backfield trying to make sportcenter’s top 10 plays. just like Reggie Bush said after his first year in NO, the biggest difference between college and the pros is that he couldn’t just out run the defense anymore. players on the other side of the ball were just as quick as him.

  7. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 20, 2013 10:04 AM

    You know @newlydead that’s a good point. He won’t be able to make the backyard football type plays anymore. And if you take that aspect away, how good will he really be?

    What I feel he can do though, if he works on developing it, is extend plays with his feet. He’s worked a lot this year on becoming a better passer this year and I’m sure will again work in the off season before the draft and pro day.

  8. pushingiron says: Dec 20, 2013 10:32 AM


    Manziel isn’t the most electric/exciting player in college football in the last decade?

    I hope he goes back to A&M and signs a bunch more autographs and does jello shots off of the ass cracks of college girls who have low self esteem.”

    Maybe the best paragraph in CFT history

  9. dhardy8207 says: Dec 20, 2013 11:03 AM

    ^^^ I couldn’t agree more with @newlydead(awesome name BTW)

    That comfortable pocket will be nonexistent in the NFL. I also wonder about his size and being able to withstand the toughness of the game at that level. Colt McCoy comes to mind of a college QB that has stayed on the injured list most of his NFL career….

  10. lastdukestreetking says: Dec 20, 2013 11:16 AM

    I don’t see Tampa taking a qb in the draft, at least early. Especially is Schiano is stll around. Too many other needs. Perhaps a new coach and/ or gm may think differently.

  11. williered says: Dec 20, 2013 8:04 PM

    There is very little if anything remaining for Johnny to prove or achieve with another year in college. He would be playing another 13 games (with bowl) with risk of injury that could be a negative factor in the 2015 draft. He did experience a knee and shoulder problem this year that were not very serious. I will be very surprised if he does not go to the NFL.

  12. jarzmel says: Dec 21, 2013 8:43 AM

    Doesn’t really matter. Smart money has them BOTH flopping.

  13. ozarkannie74 says: Dec 21, 2013 9:06 AM

    Because of Manziel’s size and the length of time it takes for him to release the ball, I would be very surprised if he would be a first round draft pick for any team in the NFL.

    I realize, he thinks he is #1 and the Aggies have been very good to him, so maybe he should stay there as long as he can. :)

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