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Johnny Manziel Takes Next Step, Declares Himself Eligible for NFL Draft

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Johnny Manziel has taken the step everybody was waiting. As of today, the star signal-caller is now available to be selected in the upcoming NFL Draft.

His decision was really a no-brainer because after two years in college he he had nothing left to prove at the CFB level. During the past two seasons, Manziel totaled over 60 TD passes and 7800 yards, showcased himself as a threat both throwing the football and rushing it and also won the Heisman Trophy last year, being the first freshman in history to do so. This year he ended fifth in the voting for the Heisman, and after another solid year with Texas A&M it was clear that the NFL was the path Manziel needed to follow.

Sure, there are some legit concerns about his size (6-foot-1, 210-pounds), his off-the-field issues and the fact that he seems to be unable to make plays out of the pocket – unlike fellow draftees Blake Bortles and Teddy Bridgewater who excel in throwing the football. But even with those concerns, Manziel could easily be a first-round pick that should pay huge dividends for the team that chooses to pick him.

Teams like the Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Oakland Raiders, Minnesota Vikings and Cleveland Browns are all rumored to be looking at the QB pool, and they are all picking in the Top-10 so there’s a strong possibility that Manziel ends up being a top pick next year. Even though his arrival to the NFL will come with lofty expectations, he has already shown he’s able to handle distractions.

Sure, the NFL is different than college, but Manziel is one of those special talents that emerge every once in a while.  He already did everything he could at the CFB level, and now it’s time for him to do it in the pros.

And if there’s one thing certain it’s that he has enough talent to do so.

Juan Pablo Aravena is a sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @jparavenarant or add him to your network on Google