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Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel declares for the NFL Draft

In a move that surprised no one, Texas A&M sophomore quarterback Johnny Manziel announced Wednesday that he will forego his final two years of collegiate eligibility and enter the NFL Draft.

Quarterback Johnny Manziel of the Texas A&M University Aggies poses with the Heisman Memorial Trophy after being named the 78th Heisman Memorial Trophy Award winner on December 8, 2012.
Quarterback Johnny Manziel of the Texas A&M University Aggies poses with the Heisman Memorial Trophy after being named the 78th Heisman Memorial Trophy Award winner on December 8, 2012.
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Quarterback Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M on the sideline during the 2014 Vizio BCS National Championship Game at the Rose Bowl on January 6, 2014 in Pasadena, California.
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"After long discussions with my family, friends, teammates, and coaches, I have decided to make myself available for the 2014 NFL Draft," said Manziel in a statement given to CBSSports.com. "I'm ready to become a professional and dedicate myself to making my dream a reality of becoming the best quarterback I can be." Manziel also wrote a thank-you letter to Texas A&M fans which was posted at TexAgs.com.

Known as "Johnny Football," Manziel won the Heisman Trophy as a freshman while leading the Aggies to an 11-2 record, including a 29-24 road victory over a Alabama Crimson Tide squad that would go on to win the 2012 BCS National Championship. The following season, Manziel finished fifth in the Heisman balloting. Manziel, who played both football and baseball at Kerrville Tivy High School in Texas, is projected to be a first-round pick.

Teams expected to take a serious look at drafting Manziel include the Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Cleveland Browns and Oakland Raiders. The 2014 NFL Draft is May 8-10 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.