After winning the Heisman Trophy in his freshman year and struggling to match up in his sophomore season, Johnny Manziel has announced he is leaving the Texas A&M Aggies. According to ESPN on Jan. 8, Manziel plans to enter the 2014 NFL Draft.
Heading into the NFL, the quick footed quarterback is expected to be a first round draft pick. Teams will hope that Manziel's talents will translate into the NFL similar to that of Cam Newton and not that of Geno Smith.
In college, Manziel threw for 7,820 yards and 63 touchdowns while running for 2,169 yards and 30 more touchdowns on the ground in his two years at Texas A&M. He was the first freshman to ever win the Heisman Trophy, something that Jameis Winston repeated this year at Florida State. However, he was never able to lead the Aggies to a championship.
ESPN also reported than Manziel chose Select Sports Group to be his contract agency and LRMR to be his marketing agents. Once he officially signs with either agency, he will be ineligible to return to college football and will officially be entered in the 2014 NFL Draft.
He has been ranked the 14th best player by Mel Kiper Jr. and Scouts ranks him the 22nd best player coming out. One expert even predicted that Manziel would be the fourth overall player taken in the 2014 NFL Draft.
The Houston Texans have the first pick in the 2014 NFL Draft and need someone to replace Matt Schaub, who will leave, in case Case Keenum can't make it. The Jacksonville Jaguars have the third pick and need a new quarterback more than almost any other NFL team. The Cleveland Browns, Oakland Raiders and Minnesota Vikings are all top choices to look for a quarterback in the draft.