It was inevitable but now appears official: Johnny Football is heading to the NFL.
NFL.com’s Gil Brandt reports Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel has submitted his papers to declare for the 2014 NFL Draft
To be clear, Manziel has officially submitted declaration papers to #NFL for inclusing in 2014 draft, part of record 80 underclassmen.— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) January 8, 2014
Many questioned before the season whether Manziel was worth a first round pick with such uncertainly surrounding the quarterback on and off the field. Now it seems he’ll be a potential top five pick in the draft following two of the most exciting individual seasons in college football. The Vikings, however, have the eighth pick.
Last year’s Heisman trophy winner had career-highs across this board this season with 4,114 passing yards, 37 touchdowns, 13 interceptions and a .699 completion percentage. He had nearly half as many rushing yards however (759) compared to his redshirt freshman season (1410) with 57 fewer carries.
As Brandt also mentioned in the tweet, a record 80 underclassmen have applied for the NFL Draft. That includes Lousville quarterback Teddy Bridgwater and Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles, who along with Manziel appear to be the top three quarterbacks in this year's class and potential top five selections.