Johnny Manziel parlayed a successful 2012 season at Texas A&M into winning the Heisman Trophy, and I think next year will parlay a successful redshirt sophomore season into becoming a high pick in the NFL draft.
Thoughts of him potentially winning three or four Heisman’s is a nice thought but one that is far from reality. NFL scouts will see his dual-threat ability and envision him running the zone-read option that is en vogue in today’s NFL with the likes of Colin Kaepernick , Cam Newton, Robert Griffin III, and Russell Wilson excelling right away in the league in that type of offense.
With another year of tutelage under head coach Kevin Sumlin and recently hired quarterback coach Jake Spavital–one of the game’s best quarterback mentors–Manziel will gain invaluable experience and develop his football acumen. He undoubtedly will be under the microscope and every decision will be scrutinized and while a little small for the classic quarterback model at 6-1 and 200-pounds, Manziel could be a top-five pick next year.
Manziel threw for 3706 yards, 36 touchdowns while completing 68% of his passes and ran for an additional 1410 yards and 21 touchdowns.
Manziel had his coming out party when he lead the Aggies to an upset win over No. 1 Alabama and a finished his season with a win in the AT&T Cotton Bowl over Oklahoma when he rushed for 221 yards and accounted for 516 yards and four touchdowns.
College football fans will miss what “Johnny Football” brings to the sports, but it will be in his best interest to strike while the iron is hot and declare for the draft instead of returning to school and risk injury or hurting his draft stock.
Enjoy him while he’s at College Station because he likely won’t be there beyond 2013.
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