We'll know Manziel's NFL plans soon
Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel is set to make his highly-anticipated decision on whether he will return to school for his redshirt junior season or declare early for the 2014 NFL Draft.
"We haven't had that conversation," coach Kevin Sumlin said on a radio show. "My job is to get him all the facts that we can get him. We'll have that discussion after the Missouri game, certainly during the bowl preparation. I'm sure the announcement will be made at that time."
Manziel is one of the most decorated athletes in the history of the game. His decision will without doubt be the headline on every major sports outlet, and will certainly determine the route some NFL general managers take in May’s draft.
If he leaves, there’s good reason to believe that Sumlin will also make the jump to the professional level. The Cleveland Browns, Minnesota Vikings, Houston Texans, Tennessee Titans, Jacksonville Jaguars and Oakland Raiders could be looking for a new head coach this offseason—all whom of which need a fresh start at quarterback.
The feeling is that Manziel will leave College Station to avoid another dismal offseason and get rid of the “frat bro” tagline, which has been so thoroughly attached to his name.
Although he couldn’t beat Alabama, Auburn or LSU (with a probable loss to Missouri this weekend), Manziel has put up the kind of numbers that have kept him in the race to win a second-straight Heisman Trophy.
His 69.1 completion percentage, 3,537 passing yards and 32 touchdowns all lead the way in the Southeastern Conference, and despite 13 interceptions, he’s head-and-shoulders above where he was as a passer in 2012.
An interesting prospect that could go anywhere in the first or second round, Walter Football has Manziel listed as the No. 11 overall pick to the Titans.
Texas A&M travels to No. 5 Missouri on November 30.
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