Posted December 12, 2013

Johnny Manziel declares himself ready for NFL

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Aggies QB Johnny Manziel said regardless of whether he's ready for the next step, he also wants to make sure NFL team's are "quarterback-needy" come draft time. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Johnny Manziel said he wants to make sure NFL teams are “quarterback-needy.” (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Johnny Football believes he’s ready for the NFL.

Last year’s Heisman Trophy winner thinks he has the skill set to succeed in the pros now, and told Jimmy Burch of the Star-Telegram his play on the field shows he’s ready to make the jump to the next level:

“In my mind, I think I am. I feel like I’m playing, for the most part, at a really high level of football. I’m putting the ball where I want it to be and I’m throwing it with a lot of velocity.”

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Manziel, who turned 21 last week and is currently a third-year sophomore at Texas A&M, has a 69.1 percent completion rate and 33 touchdown passes this season for the 8-4 Aggies. He said he will use the next few weeks to sit down with A&M coach Kevin Sumlin, private passing instructor George Whitfield Jr., and others in his inner circle to decide whether to call it a career at the college level.

He added that regardless of whether he’s ready to make the jump, he also wants to also consider whether teams in the NFL draft are “quarterback-needy” heading into next season:

“If this was to be the end of it, I want to be one of the best to ever play at A&M. Hopefully, I did my part to try and help build the program and take it to another level…You don’t want to go and be unprepared for the National Football League and leave two years on the table. It all comes down to making the best decision for you. Whether you’re ready. Whether teams are quarterback-needy. You look at all your factors.”

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40 comments
DavidWitcraft
DavidWitcraft

The "experts" said Russell Wilson would never make the roster of an NFL team. 

Lostntheburbs
Lostntheburbs

A lot of negative comments about the person but you also need to look at this guy objectively.  He does have football talent.  Some have compared him to Tebow.  Manziel throws way better than Timmy.  Some have said he is too small.  Maybe.  Of all the players, this one, to me, provides the most interest. I am of the opinion that he will succeed if he is drafted into the right organization.  Of course, I also think that he might need one more year of college to mature and hone his craft.  I do believe the fall off in production over the last two games this year was due to injury (shoulder, hand, and ankles).  Last, after all of the negative publicity he brought on himself over the past summer, hopefully he has matured/learned from his mistakes.


GrandPaTx
GrandPaTx

So many haters and yet so many experts commenting here.  Johnny Manziel is just like any other college player entering the draft.  How they will do in the NFL will be determined over time.  No one is a guarantee.


Sometimes confidence is mistaken for arrogance.  Nothing wrong with confidence.

me1217
me1217

Now it is very clear why this punk acts the way he does.He has a BIG case of Affluenza.

ElvisHitler
ElvisHitler

Johnny Manziel declares himself ready for Clearasil.

brent6
brent6

If he's drafted before the 3rd, he'll go the way of Tim Tebow. Drafting these young QB's that haven't played in a pro style offense to early is a determent to them and their team more often than not.

effeweall
effeweall

Johnny Fishfry is too small.  he was a great novelty in college.  He looks like Winston Churchill next to Jamesis Winston.

MichaelC
MichaelC

Incoming QBs have little control over their NFL careers because there are so many variables required for success: team, coaching, offensive system, player development/maturity, luck, timing, etc. There's a reason why Steve Young almost played his way out of the NFL with TB but then became an all-time great with the 49ers. Or Brett Favre was essentially thrown away by Atlanta. Or Tom Brady nearly went undrafted and only got a shot because Bledsoe got hurt (same kind of deal with Romo).


If Manziel ends up on a bad team with bad culture and bad offense - let's say the Raiders or Jaguars - he'll get laid to waste. But if he ends up on a solid organization and has time to learn and development - let's say he backs up Brady or Manning for a season or two - he will find plenty of success.

ChiefG
ChiefG

Manziel throws way too many INT's. He needs more experience before he is ready for the NFL.

I am sure in "his" head he thinks he is ready. He has work to do before he is ready for the big boys

SouthJack
SouthJack

Sweeeeet! That's the best news I've heard today, now I can watch this little scum sucking bottom feeder get that arrogant grin wiped right off his face every time he touches the ball - I wonder if he'll be doing the "Money" gesture when they're mopping the turf with his face! 

inthepresent
inthepresent

excellent! the GMs around the league wanted to know. now they do. 

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

Only an idiot would draft this punk azz....or jerry jones.  He can't tuck the ball well and will get blasted by faster DB's and linebackers. white version of rg3.....and he's done so well !!!!

Old Schoolers
Old Schoolers

Get a big guaranteed bonus, because you won't last hot shot.

bornindetroit
bornindetroit

Taking the money is never a wrong decision. Maybe not the absolute best, but never wrong.

kj4027
kj4027

Another read option guy that won't survive being harassed and hit in the NFL. LSU, Alabama and Arkansas rattled him. He rarely if ever takes a snap from under center and he has "happy" feet. Someone will waste a 2nd round pick on him. Stay in school, try and beat some of the bigger programs. NFL defenses will eat this guy alive.

Schrobblehead
Schrobblehead

Stay in college, Manziel.  you need about two more years of college to mature.  Not mentally ready for the NFL.

jim1096
jim1096

The kid has something that can't be taught - instinct and pocket presence. Everything else he can be coached up to do. 

Blinker
Blinker

The picture on this article is hilarious!!!!!  hahahahahaha.  I can't quit laughing.  I also can't wait to see this idiot in the NFL!!!  Can't wait!!!!!

sunalsorises
sunalsorises

I'd say he is ready to out of college more than he is ready for the NFL but good luck to him all the same.

WilyCoyoteSuperGenius
WilyCoyoteSuperGenius

I like Johnny football, but I see him as a major bust in the NFL. Look at the great QBs in the NFL these days and ask yourself - Does he look like the Mannings, Brady, Rodgers, Brees...etc? Nope.

KKe
KKe

@DavidWitcraft There is a fallacy with your argument.  It is implied that the experts do not know what they are talking about based on what happened to Wilson.  What if the experts predicted 1000 players would never make it to the roster of an NFL team, and that evaluation came true for 999 of the 1000.  I would say in this case the experts probably knows what they are talking about based on their past experience.

Let'sScoreATD
Let'sScoreATD

@effeweall Size doesnt matter look at Brees or Wilson and he's taller than both of them he's 6'1 

Hook Em!
Hook Em!

@ChiefG...COme on, he had the same record as Case McCoy this year, 8-4.

He's ready for the big league now.

lmao


Let'sScoreATD
Let'sScoreATD

@ChiefG he has only 23 picks in 2 seasons  and only has 12 this season and 9 last his numbers decreased because of the Sophmore Slump thing

Let'sScoreATD
Let'sScoreATD

@SouthJack yep and the teams will be crying when he shakes 5 defenders in the pocket or runs for a TD or does some RG3 type stuff


Let'sScoreATD
Let'sScoreATD

@kj4027 He crushed ALabama in stats twice and he only struggled with LSU because of this D RG3 and Wilson are read option guys what happened to them in their 1st season


inthepresent
inthepresent

@Rickapolis

...Get a good job with more pay and you're O.K.
...Grab that cash with both hands and make a stash

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

So did Vince Young.  I thought he was going to be an all-time great; so did a lot of others.


Then look what happened.  And as I recall, Vince Young wasn't a walking circus like Manziel.

DCotoz
DCotoz

yeah, he will be the next Tim Tebow

Let'sScoreATD
Let'sScoreATD

@WilyCoyoteSuperGenius He looks alot like Doug Flutie though and Roger Stauhbach but he also looks like Something we never saw before something new you guys think he'll suck because he's different defenses will have to adjust to HIM


oldguy68
oldguy68

I think huge factors in the success of a new (or, actually, any) NFL quarterback are the offensive line and the coaching system. Manziel has a ton of talent, but he had one of the best offensive lines ever in college football last year, a great coach and I think Evans is an overwhelming receiver. I wish him the best whatever he does, but a lot of variables

Let'sScoreATD
Let'sScoreATD

@Hook Em! @ChiefG Ik that but Case Mccoy couldnt pass as good as him or run as good and his Defense sucked Mccoys want 120th in FBS

sirmixalot
sirmixalot

@DCotozOnly in the sense that neither Tebow nor Manziel will hack it as QBs in the NFL. It's a shame that Tebow, as a hard worker and team player , gets compared to this d-bag.

Let'sScoreATD
Let'sScoreATD

@Kevin20 @Let'sScoreATD @SouthJack No, BTW RG3 sucks because he has no O-Line and one of the worst defenses Johnny Football Had a O-Line But No defense at all And He and Mike Evans Single Handedly won some of those games