Posted January 06, 2014

Johnny Manziel still undecided on entering 2014 NFL Draft

NCAAF, NFL
 Johnny Manziel wants to talk over his future prospects with his family before making a decision. (Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)

Johnny Manziel wants to talk over his future prospects with his family before making a decision. (Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel said Monday that he is still undecided about forgoing his final two years of college eligibility and entering the 2014 NFL Draft.

“I want to make the right decision that’s best for me and my family,” Manziel told ESPN.com’s Brett McMurphy Monday night, while attending the BCS National Championship game between Auburn and Florida State.

Manziel has two years of eligibility remaining, but he is widely expected to be a first-round pick if he declares for the draft — possibly a Top-10 pick.

SI.com’s Peter King spoke with one team in December that believes either Manziel or UCF quarterback Blake Bortles could be the top quarterback taken in the draft. Bortles declared for the draft on Monday.

Four quarterbacks could be early picks in the first round — Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater, Fresno State’s Derek Carr, Bortles, and Manziel.

In his second season as Texas A&M’s starter, Manziel threw for 4,114 yards while completing almost 70 percent of his passes. He had 37 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Manziel also ran for 759 yards and nine touchdowns.

AUDIBLES: Does Blake Bortles have the look of a first-round quarterback? >


45 comments
lancervi.mje
lancervi.mje

I'll admit to being a "hater". Great football skills, but this guy just annoys me. What a punk.

Robert96
Robert96

Go Johnny Go...................I pray the Texans!!!!!!!!!!!!!   Pleeeeaaasssseeeeee!!!!

ChiefG
ChiefG

It was already posted on sports channels that he hired a Agent.

Nobody hires a Agent if he doesn't plan on entering the draft.

He likes as much attention as possible.

nomobo
nomobo

He ain't ready for the NFL, and never will be. Just ask Tim Crouch. Maybe the CFL.

Aloha!
Aloha!

What a drama queen he is.

x72
x72

Stay in school kid, let your zits clear up.

friendly--neighborhood--scrawler
friendly--neighborhood--scrawler

Its O.K Johnny "bust" take all the time you need ... Brett Farve it for a few weeks... I am sure you had no idea the jock sniffers in the media would want your answer as soon as the game clock hit Zero..

Paulo_S
Paulo_S

Probably should go pro. His college career is not likely to get better; is it worth playing another 4 or 5 loss season? I know that modulo the lack of money, it must be a lot of fun to be a big time college player but maybe it's time for him to go pro. Tough decision though. People shouldn't be snide about it. These kind of decisions are REALLY hard and stressful. Kudos to him for taking to time to think it through.

MaryStricker
MaryStricker

With his high-risk playing style he needs to cash in now...And giving defenses another year to adjust - and without Evans to bail him out - he might hurt his stock more than help it...Seems like most QB's who are highly thought of but decide to stay hurt their chances more so than help...

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

“I want to make the right decision that’s best for me and my family,” Manziel

===========================================

Translation: "I make more selling autographs and getting the alum to pay me to stay".  But in reality he is NOT a nfl QB. period

Chuckster
Chuckster

Manziel didn't come down with the last drop of rain.  He knows if he goes pro now,  that he is most likely going to be picked by the Cleveland Browns....though a great pro day can change that (didn't for Geno).  He could also fall to JAX in the 8 slot.   Additionally, he may be weighing himself against a potential thin pool next season at QB making him a more likely 1 or 2 pick  along with Winston.  Lots to think about and delaying the decision at this point is no big deal.   The media is impatient....as always.

Listening
Listening

Please stay Johnny, PLEASE!!!!!  With is offensive line gone and with Evans declared for the draft I would love to see him get jacked up.  One more season...  PLEASE!!!!!

john795806
john795806

Bottom line: We can speculate 'til the cows come home and won't know any more about how Manziel will perform as an NFL quarterback until he's actually there. It may take him 2-3 years to get adjusted and realize his potential. He may get injured. He may lead A&M to a national championship. Nobody knows. And that's the cool thing about--FOOTBALL!!!!!

MrArlington
MrArlington

If there is a team in the market for a small, often drunk, quarterback with a penchant for breaking rules then they will be in luck if Manziel goes pro. If my team used a first round pick on this guy I would be infuriated.

Steve Phillips
Steve Phillips

He might as well go. If he couldn't win the Heisman again and loses out to this stiff playing tonite he may as well shoot for the stars.

SandersonKramer
SandersonKramer

This is total BS He's 100% going in the NFL 2014 Draft as sure as the Pope isn't Jewish. He'll be drafted anywhere from 1-10. This crap about staying in school and improving your skills is BS as you have to go while you're hot or you become Matt Barkley. Manzeil stock is never higher. 

effeweall
effeweall

Quit school and dont waste your time trying to make the NFL.  Just go open a car wash and let people take pics with your heisman trophy.

Matthew W
Matthew W

Stay in school for another year son. You'll be more mature, you'll have more time to work on your mechanics and reading of the defense. You'll have a lot more leeway in doing this in college rather than learning on the job with a team picking high in the 1st round which will have a lot of holes. 


He torched Alabama twice. That counts for something. 


He's not the cerebral slicing you up like Peyton. He's more of a gunslinger like Farve with less arm. He'll improvise and find a way to move the chains. Farve had a lot of maturity and work ethic issues through the majority of his career....Manziel looks similar.

NeoSmith
NeoSmith

Buyer beware.  Ryan Leaf 2.0 without his arm strength or size.  But some desperate NFL team will pick this guy up in the 1st round just on the hype surrounding him.  Troy Aikman has the best take.  This guy has 3rd round talent.

Cool
Cool

@nomobo You mean Eric Crouch?  If you do I can tell you that as a long time cornhusker follower, even I would not put the two in the same category.  Eric was good with the option, had an ok passing arm and scrambled pretty good, but he had a good team all around him.  JM has it all, and made plays Eric never would have or could have.

LeeCooper
LeeCooper

@Paulo_S tough decision. Come back next year with your number 1 reciever gone, and that Defense..... i def dont see 7-8 wins next season.

Chuckster
Chuckster

@MaryStrickerExcellent points.   I think he's smart to take his time and make the right decision, but I think you're right, he should turn pro.  Sign a 5 year gig with Cleveland (most likely though possibly Jax or Minn), where he will probably start in his rookie campaign.   With a depleted line at A&M and no real WR help like Evans, he's looking at a mediocre season and possible injury.  I do believe his stock will fall as he tries to carry the Aggies on his narrow shoulders.

LeeCooper
LeeCooper

@Richard--Ramirez its not your life, its his, let him make his decisions based on what he feels and not some deluded college fan that only want him there so they have a reason to watch the aggies play.


Chuckster
Chuckster

@Richard--RamirezTAMU fans have no illusions that TAMU will be anywhere NEAR a National Title next year even with Johnny.   He's doing the right thing REGARDLESS of what the fans think.  He's has to look out for him and if you or any TAMU fan is so delusional to expect him to or even think he has to take you into consideration before deciding to turn pro or not, you are fooling yourselves.   The next level is where Johnny has to worry about the fan base.

Chuckster
Chuckster

@WHO*IS*ESPN I don't like him either, but taking his time on this is the most mature thing he's done.  He'll be fine in the NFL, depending on the team and "O" they run.   He's a Flutie, Tarkenton, Favre blend but not necessarily all the good parts of each.

Sportsfan18
Sportsfan18

@john795806   Uh, that's the cool thing about LIFE!  None of us know what will happen an hour from now.  We think, expect and hope, but we do NOT know.

drax
drax

@MrArlingtonYou sound like someone who spends too much time on TMZ and not enough time watching the football games of the players he decides to comment on.

ChitownTexan
ChitownTexan

@Matthew W Manziel doesn't have work ethic issues. The guy spent half the summer working on pocket passing with George Whitfield. He definitely improved in that area after focusing on it - maybe even too much because he probably didn't run as often as he should have. He can have a work ethic while also a party ethic. A lot of people are work hard, play hard types.

SandersonKramer
SandersonKramer

@Matthew W You probably said that to Matt Barkley too and look what that got him: 4th Round Money instead of First

ChitownTexan
ChitownTexan

@NeoSmith Predicting an NFL bust, how daring of you! Most likely he will bust - guess what? Most NFL players do. How many first rounders are in the NFL after 3 years? About half? Here I'll make a few predictions: Bortles, Bridgewater, Clowney, McCarron, Evans, Manziel - all NFL busts. I bet I get half of them right.

Cool
Cool

@NeoSmith The only "Ryan Leaf" type draft pick will be who ever picks Clowney.  He is the mental case just waiting to crack in the NFL.  Manziel will be just fine.

LMoss
LMoss

He will sell tickets. I just hope the Jets do not take him. I am not a Jets fan but living in NYC, all I heard about was Tebow this, Tebow that. I imagine that it will be much worse with him. I might move if Manziel comes here, it will not end well for anyone.

riley8
riley8

@NeoSmith I tend to agree although it is difficult to say with any certainty.  We will see in time but I would guess he will be over hyped, overrated, and drafted too high.

ChitownTexan
ChitownTexan

@LeeCooper @Paulo_S The Ags have plenty of talent at WR coming in and in the younger players. It's the defense that should give him concern. Don't want to put up 40 points a game only to go 8-4.

Chuckster
Chuckster

@LeeCooper@Paulo_SThey'll be a 6-6 squad...qualify to play in the Boseman Federal Credit Union Pine Tree Bark Bowl and his draft stock will see him fall to the 2nd round.   He should turn pro but he's right to take his time making the decision and not get pushed into it by a self-serving fan base or the media.

ChitownTexan
ChitownTexan

@Chuckster @MaryStricker everyone commenting on A&M's lack of WRs to aid the offense next year just doesn't know A&M football. There are plenty of very talented WRs coming in right behind Evans. It's the defense that should make him go to the NFL. The defense won't improve for another year or two. He should definitely go, though.

Paulo_S
Paulo_S

@Chuckster @MaryStricker Also, in next years draft, he's going to be up against Winston and Mariotta so I don't think his draft stock will improve much.

eltex.tx
eltex.tx

@Cool @NeoSmith Well, as history tells us, half of the people selected in the first round will be busts. Guys get questioned about their 'motor' and 'attitude' all the time. Dontari Poe had those questions coming out, and look at him now. Clowner will be fine, but that is still a guess. If anyone truly knew with certainty, they would be the top NFL GM. Guess what, ain't none of us gonna qualify for that job.

Chuckster
Chuckster

@ChitownTexan@LeeCooper@Paulo_SEvans commanded double coverage and tendency in coverage.  No one they have left will command that sort of attention.   The "D" is a huge problem.   They'll be bowl eligible but it won't have Roses, Sugar, Orange or Tostitos the name anywhere.

LMoss
LMoss

Should I move to your trailer park?