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Report: Johnny Manziel, Mike Evans will turn pro

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In stunning, shocking, totally unexpected news, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and wide receiver Mike Evans will enter the 2014 NFL Draft, according to NFL.com’s Gil Brandt.

Both players accomplished all they could in college, to say the least. In two seasons, Manziel threw for 59 touchdowns and 22 interceptions with 29 rushing touchdowns. While his rushing numbers were down in 2013, Manziel stayed about the same as a passer this season: In 2012, Manziel completed 68 percent of his passes for 3,706 yards and a 26/9 TD/INT ratio; in 2013 he completed 69 percent of his passes for 3,732 yards and a 33/13 TD/INT ratio.

Still, those are elite numbers. Whether Manziel can translate his somewhat reckless play to the NFL level is another story, though he’ll be fascinating to follow at the next level. Still, he’s projected as a top five pick in CBS Sports’ latest mock draft.

Evans caught 147 passes for 2,427 yards with 17 touchdowns in two seasons at College Station. The 6-foot-5, 225-pound wideout appears a first-round lock as well.

The last chance you’ll get to see the duo at the collegiate level will be tomorrow night against Duke in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl. Duke enters the game with the No. 71 passing defense among FBS teams, allowing 233.2 yards through the air per game.

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40 Responses to “Report: Johnny Manziel, Mike Evans will turn pro”
  1. ancientcougar says: Dec 30, 2013 1:03 PM

    Can Manziel handle the Pro-Discipline?

  2. woebegong says: Dec 30, 2013 1:06 PM

    Somehow, I think the bowl game in Atlanta could be named the “Chik, Duke Get’s Fileted Bowl”. I would think Manziel goes out in style and puts about 400 yards up on Duke between his passing and running.

  3. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 30, 2013 1:15 PM

    “Oh my god I’m shocked by this!”

    -Said no one….

  4. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 30, 2013 1:19 PM

    With most mocks having them both gone in the top 15, I can’t see why they would stay….

    My personal wish is that Jacksonville and Cleveland pass on Johnny Football and he falls to the Vikings. I think the Vikings are a better organization with more offensive weapons for him to work with. He could go there and be Fran Tarkenton reborn.

    Evans will be the 2nd WR taken and most mocks I’ve seen have him going to Baltimore. He’s a great target for Jump Ball Joe.

  5. afrancis55 says: Dec 30, 2013 2:29 PM

    Teams would be foolish to draft manziel. Sure he’s a great athlete, but too many off the field questions/issues, PLUS he has trouble playing in bad weather, i.e. cold, rain, etc, due to his small hands as seen n his pitiful performance vs LSU.

    But wih that said, watch the Cleveland Browns select him and further delay their rebuilding effort.

  6. dietrich43 says: Dec 30, 2013 2:29 PM

    If professional means ‘getting paid’, then Manziel has been a pro for at least a year.

  7. polegojim says: Dec 30, 2013 3:00 PM

    Johnny Football will find playing against a complete LEAGUE FULL of ‘Johnny Footballs’… every game… an eye opening experience.

    There are some players I truly enjoy watching go through the humbling experience of no longer being a College Football SuperStar… he’s one of them.

  8. irishdodger says: Dec 30, 2013 3:02 PM

    So who has the better pro career? S

    Should be interesting. I like Evans as a pro. Reminds me of Michael Floyd coming out of college.

  9. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 30, 2013 3:19 PM

    @afrancis

    PLUS he has trouble playing in bad weather, i.e. cold, rain, etc, due to his small hands as seen n his pitiful performance vs LSU
    _______________________________

    Johnny Manziel wears XXL gloves and has a size 15 foot… It’s one of the reasons NFL scouts are so high on him even though he’s only 6′ tall.

    He did injure his hand though in the LSU game which affected him in that game as well as the Mizzou game the next week.

  10. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 30, 2013 4:01 PM

    polegojim says:
    Dec 30, 2013 3:00 PM

    Johnny Football will find playing against a complete LEAGUE FULL of ‘Johnny Footballs’… every game… an eye opening experience.
    _________________________

    That is such a tired argument btw…. you could literally say that about EVERY college player going into the draft.

  11. frankgarrett says: Dec 30, 2013 4:11 PM

    *SNIFF SNIFF* I smell BUST

  12. mogogo1 says: Dec 30, 2013 4:16 PM

    No surprises, but it does confirm that Sumlin will have his work cut out for him next season. Seemingly lost in all the hype of this year was the fact they lost 4 games with Manziel and Evans. Their defense was horrible and should improve, but their offense is definitely going to drop off. With that big new contract, 4 loss years are not going to be forever tolerated by A&M fans.

  13. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 30, 2013 4:52 PM

    Kenny Hill is no Johnny Football but Ricky Seals-Jones may be every bit as good as Evans…. He was very highly recruited out of Sealy and is a big time playmaker. He got injured early last year as a true freshman and they used a medical redshirt on him I believe, but he has the speed and size to be huge weapon.

    Plus Sumlin has the #1 QB in the country coming into spring camp this year….

    I don’t think that Sumlin wanted a player like Manziel but saw how good he was and changed his offense to suit Manziel. Kenny Hill and Kyle Allen are actually better suited to the offense that Sumlin ran in Houston.

    Plus I believe he’ll have Tra Carson, Trey Williams and Brandon Williams back next year. They are a 3 headed monster at RB if I’ve ever seen one.

    If the Aggies can get their defense back to 2012 level, they will be formidable in the SEC next year. Definitely watch out for the Aggies in 2015 though.

  14. goodfieldnohit says: Dec 30, 2013 5:51 PM

    “Teams would be foolish to draft manziel. Sure he’s a great athlete, but too many off the field questions/issues”
    —–

    Name exactly one thing he’s done that was against the law, besides parking the wrong way on the street in front of his house?

    It’s not like he was accused of raping a coed.

  15. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 30, 2013 5:56 PM

    @goodfieldnohit

    He was arrested for disorderly conduct…. but I agree.

    He lives a reckless lifestyle and plays a little recklessly on the field. But honestly that’s what makes him who he is as a player. Will that reckless style work for him in the pros….. we’ll see.

    To be honest.. I think the best thing possible for him is to go to a place where he won’t start right away….

  16. goodfieldnohit says: Dec 30, 2013 6:40 PM

    Ah yes I remember. What the heck was I thinking?

    Stone him!!! ;)

  17. MyTeamsAllStink says: Dec 30, 2013 6:42 PM

    I hope the Raiders draft him.

  18. aldante66 says: Dec 30, 2013 8:15 PM

    I hope the little prick gets freight trained on his first play and learns, the pucks you ran around aren’t in the NFL, the guys you could not run around are and they can tackle and out run your little ass.

  19. aldante66 says: Dec 30, 2013 8:17 PM

    If he goes in the first round I would be shocked. He won’t have that time to stand there and say, gee should I run and be the hero or should I pass?

  20. agc99 says: Dec 30, 2013 11:11 PM

    Maybe the Redskins will trade up to get Johnny and give up some more number one picks. They’re good at that.

  21. warjag55 says: Dec 31, 2013 12:29 AM

    He has been playing in the best conference the last 2 years in football. He shredded Alabama 2 years in a row that has about 80% of their defense that is or will be playing in the NFL.

    As a Auburn fan this is fantastic news. Good bye. Anyone here old enough to have seen Fran Tarkenton?

    He is a clone!

  22. boomgrounder says: Dec 31, 2013 2:49 AM

    Johnny Football looks like he has all the skills required to be an NFL QB. He has a strong enough arm and appears to be able to make all the throws with good accuracy. He obviously can move in the pocket and throw on the run. He is quick and fast. Of he has proper coaching I think he should be able to adapt his style to the NFL. From talking to some of his college teammates he’s a great leader on the field and a good guy in the locker room.
    He just likes to post pics on twitter with girls at casinos and people get bent out of shape about it. If he’s posting pics he’s fine. A lot of athletes are out and about at all hours like all people. But most of them are on the down low and that’s when you need to worry about what they’re up to!

  23. keltictim says: Dec 31, 2013 3:38 AM

    8to80 bye your logic I wear xxl gloves and wear a size 14 boot so why the heck wasn’t I drafted? Someone’s got some splainin to do!

  24. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 31, 2013 10:06 AM

    keltictim says:
    Dec 31, 2013 3:38 AM

    8to80 bye your logic I wear xxl gloves and wear a size 14 boot so why the heck wasn’t I drafted? Someone’s got some splainin to do!
    _________________________

    I was responding to someone saying that his bad performance against LSU was due to his small hands….

    And if you wore a size 15 instead of that girly 14… maybe you would have been drafted! ;)

  25. dhardy8207 says: Dec 31, 2013 10:30 AM

    “No surprises, but it does confirm that Sumlin will have his work cut out for him next season.”

    —————————————————————-

    If he stays at College Station. His name has been tossed around for the many NFL vacancies. Despite he has a 5 star QB coming on to replace Manziel, he’ll need more than that to stay competitive at the level of the last two season…

    I think Mike Evans will do fine at the next level but Manziel may not adjust as well. His mentality will be an issue. He was doted over last season for winning the Heisman and received a lot of attention this year. Not sure how he’ll do if he has to except he’s not all that special at the next level…

  26. dhardy8207 says: Dec 31, 2013 10:31 AM

    ^^^TYPO *** Accept***^^^

  27. chumthumper says: Dec 31, 2013 10:46 AM

    It wouldn’t surprise me if Manziel becomes Tebow 2.0.

  28. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 31, 2013 11:26 AM

    Why does everyone compare Manziel to Tebow?

    They couldn’t be more different players.

  29. kingfish2013 says: Dec 31, 2013 5:43 PM

    Say hello to the future Cleveland Browns Quarterback.

  30. ray1950 says: Jan 1, 2014 6:53 PM

    warjagg…Anyone here old enough to have seen Fran Tarkenton?

    He is a clone!
    =========================

    I remember Fran. Heck of a scrambler but he didn’t have the arm of Manziel.

  31. woebegong says: Jan 2, 2014 8:46 AM

    Manziel is like a stronger armed M. Vick. Hopefully he will be more durable. It is hard for a scrambler in the NFL to survive for a long period of time these days, as not many teams can afford to build the offensive line structure around a scrambling QB. Few teams are lucky enough to have a back up QB, that can run in the same style as the first team scrambler so I don’t see it as becoming a trend in the future.
    Manziel’s success or lack of it, will depend a lot on his lone ability versus team success, and that doesn’t bode well for him, unless he can become more of a pocket passer. If he does get drafted in the early to mid rounds, it will most likely be by a bad team, so he has his work cut out for him. He has a strong arm, but I don’t know if he will be lucky enough to get a few receivers on his team, to catch his passes and follow his progression on the field, in passing plays. Secondaries, even the worst will have time most likely to get into position to break up a pass, if the QB has to scramble around enough to make a play.

  32. alterna63 says: Jan 2, 2014 11:55 AM

    I think personally, that Johnny Manziel should say to the press the following: “I have decided to play another year with ATM because it is my feeling that I have some more growing to do (mentally) in regards to my career with football. I personally need to focus more on getting my attitude straightened out before I move into the pros. I think by then, I shall be ready”
    I am extremely disappointed that Manziel has chosen this path and although I wish him the very best in the pros, I do not think he is ready. On the other side of the coin, I have been watching the Aggies all of my life and have sat through so may miserable games that finally, we have a superb quarterback and he has put the Aggies on the map, why can this man not give us another great year of football for us fans to enjoy at Aggieland? I think it is a very selfish move on both his part as well as Mike evans to make the move now to go into the Pros. I personally would want to savor my college days instead of jumping ship. Gig Em’ Johnny. I just feel you are seriously making the wrong move. We’ll miss you at ATM.

  33. 8to80texansblog says: Jan 2, 2014 12:19 PM

    @alterna63

    If an employer offered you your dream job during your junior year@ $5MM a year…

    Would you stay and “savor your college days”?

    And who’s the selfish one here. You want him to stay because YOU feel he’s not ready and YOU want to see him play more in Aggieland…

    As an Aggie, I would LOVE to see him come back for 1 more year, but I’ll never fault a player for leaving early if they are guaranteed to be a 1st rd pick. In fact I think it’s quite foolish for these guys to stay and put it all at risk. Look at Matt Barkley, Marcus Lattimore, and now Aaron Murray.

  34. 8to80texansblog says: Jan 2, 2014 12:22 PM

    woebegong says:
    Jan 2, 2014 8:46 AM

    Secondaries, even the worst will have time most likely to get into position to break up a pass, if the QB has to scramble around enough to make a play.

    __________________________________

    That makes no sense to me all….

  35. midjerseyfatcat says: Jan 2, 2014 2:55 PM

    I remember Tarkenton well but there is a big difference between the league back then and the league of today. Seems the players of today are smarter and faster than the players of the seventies. The are a lot of players over 300 lbs in the league today and they are fast and if they even fall on you the wrong way you are done for the season. Johnny isn’t unique in any sense of the word. Take a good look at the Redskin QB of last season and his knee injury. That is all that it takes to make Johnny a very dull Boy.

  36. alterna63 says: Jan 2, 2014 4:22 PM

    The money is ALWAYS going to be there regardless of whether he stays or doesn’t stay. Damn right I am being “selfish” I have waited over 40 years to see my team doing this well! Just tired of money running the whole damn show! ABSOLUTLEY I’M selfish if that’s the way you want to put it 8to80texansblog. I don’t necessarily fault him, but I can guarantee you he is not ready for the pros!!

  37. fluffo344 says: Jan 2, 2014 6:34 PM

    Manziel and Evans are fantastic football players! No doubt about it; however, when they hit the next level, everybody up there is a fantastic football player or they wouldn’t be there.

    The money is unbelievable, but one knee or shoulder injury and. . . .

    From Manziel’s earlier ego-driven antics, I think he needs another year of maturity at A&M. Right now, he is in for a rude awakening in the NFL.

  38. 8to80texansblog says: Jan 3, 2014 10:34 AM

    alterna63 says:
    Jan 2, 2014 4:22 PM

    The money is ALWAYS going to be there regardless of whether he stays or doesn’t stay.
    _________________________

    Tell than to Marcus Lattimore or Matt Barkley.

    How much did that extra year cost them…. $10+MM??

  39. ozarkannie74 says: Jan 5, 2014 9:13 AM

    “Accomplished all they could do in college”? They may have accomplished all they can do in football, but college is about getting an education and niether of them have accomplished much of anything. Such a waste to just use college as a ladder to a another level of sports.

    What is the world coming to??? Well goodbye and good riddance and I hope you make it in the world of professional football so you can finish accomplishing the more important things in life than an education.

  40. ozarkannie74 says: Jan 5, 2014 9:34 AM

    Anybody wanna bet a team with any class, won’t even consider him?

    In the NFL he is going to have to learn to be a pocket passer, or he will have a very short expiration date!!

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