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Texas A&M already preparing for Johnny Manziel to turn pro in 2014

Texas A&M quarterback Manziel celebrates with teammates following their victory over the University of Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl Classic NCAA football game in Arlington, Texas Reuters

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel has already won a Heisman Trophy and still has three years of NCAA eligibility, but his coaches are just grateful that he’ll get a second season as the Aggies’ starter this year, and they’re not expecting him to hang around long enough to start for three seasons, let alone four.

Clarence McKinney, the offensive coordinator at A&M, told a group of Aggies boosters that Manziel, who redshirted in 2011, may forego his final two seasons of college football and enter next year’s NFL draft, when he’ll be eligible for the first time. McKinney said A&M is recruiting quarterbacks with the expectations that it will need a new starter in 2014.

“With the uncertainty of Johnny’s situation because of the way the NFL is going — his stock is rising,” McKinney said, via the San Antonio Express-News.

It wasn’t long ago that people would have looked at the 6-foot-1, 200-pound Manziel, who makes as many plays with his feet as he does with his arm, and said he’s not a great fit for NFL offenses and isn’t a lock to be an NFL starter at any point, let alone a high first-round pick after just two seasons as a college starter. But the success of smaller, more mobile quarterbacks like Russell Wilson and Robert Griffin III, and the success that NFL offenses have had incorporating many of the same concepts that Manziel thrives in at Texas A&M, have caused a shift in the way people look at quarterback prospects.

So while Manziel isn’t quite the sure-thing top-pick that South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is, he’s another college star who may just be counting the days until he’s eligible for the NFL draft.

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36 Responses to “Texas A&M already preparing for Johnny Manziel to turn pro in 2014”
  1. bagatelle69 says: Feb 15, 2013 1:14 PM

    Whoop! Gig Em!

  2. sb50 says: Feb 15, 2013 1:18 PM

    I think the potential is through the roof with this kid, but he’s still has a lot of work to do. I know he is still young but he needs to bulk up a lot to take on NFL hits and mechanics need to be polished.

    However, looking at a guy like Russel Wilson this year, I think Manziel could certainly be a good QB in the right system.

  3. ppc50 says: Feb 15, 2013 1:18 PM

    Welcome to Dallas!

  4. cardiovascularendurance says: Feb 15, 2013 1:18 PM

    Since when has RG3 been small? It’s like you guys don’t know anything about football sometimes.

  5. robertocfg says: Feb 15, 2013 1:19 PM

    And still, outside of Kaepernick (who is a passer that can run really good), the pocket-passing Joe Flaccos, Drew Breeses, Aaron Rodgerses, Tom Bradys, Eli Mannings and Matt Ryans are the ones fighting for it each year.

  6. niners816 says: Feb 15, 2013 1:19 PM

    Get off this kids jock already. He won’t be anything like you think he will be. Next Tim Couch.

  7. billsfaninmiami says: Feb 15, 2013 1:23 PM

    Manziel will take advantage of the new breed of QB the NFL game is evolving into. Size will matter though – and he’s a bit short.

    Really, Colin Kaepernick is just Tim Tebow with a rocket launcher on his shoulder.
    Duck offense in Philly.
    Yeah, Johnny Football better bust his move before defenses figure everything out.

  8. circuscivics says: Feb 15, 2013 1:23 PM

    Manzeil is not in Griffin’s or Wilson’s class. I personally don’t think his skill set will translate well to the pros.

  9. kayakattack says: Feb 15, 2013 1:24 PM

    Hype much?

  10. habsfanatic says: Feb 15, 2013 1:31 PM

    What would an Eagles Chip Kelly offense look like with Johnny Football at the helm? Bet we find out in 2014!

  11. matthewcarlson1 says: Feb 15, 2013 1:35 PM

    I would stay and try for four Heisman trophies. If he doesn’t win it next season then go pro.

  12. raiderufan says: Feb 15, 2013 1:38 PM

    Already preparing? I’d hope they were preparing for the future with or without the Heisman winner at QB. That’s kinda the point of recruiting.

    They brought in 2 four star QB’s that I promise they were recruiting before he became Johnny Football. Every program should try to fit a QB into every recruiting class…I bet Maryland wishes they had 2 in every class.

  13. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Feb 15, 2013 1:43 PM

    Tony Romo, meet your replacement. Johnny football.

  14. der6495 says: Feb 15, 2013 1:46 PM

    Manziel will take advantage of the new breed of QB the NFL game is evolving into. Size will matter though – and he’s a bit short.

    Russell Wilson is a bit short too, I think he handled it pretty well last season.

  15. p4hbiz says: Feb 15, 2013 1:47 PM

    Raidersssss!!!!!

  16. notoriousjebus says: Feb 15, 2013 1:51 PM

    I have seen this kid live and in person, away from the football field, and there is 0% chance he’s 6’1″ 200 pounds. 5’10 185 pounds is a pretty generous estimate, but to claim he’s over 6′ is just laughable.

  17. *Legion* says: Feb 15, 2013 1:52 PM

    A lot of running QBs are going to rush out of college and fail in the NFL.

    You have to be able to *throw*.

    Kaepernick can throw, RG3 and Wilson can throw.

    Notice how the talk about running QBs don’t seem to mention Tebow or Vince Young? It doesn’t work if you can’t pass the ball.

    Right now, Manziel does not have that NFL level passing ability. He should be in no hurry to get to the NFL.

  18. anonymouslyanonymouscommentor says: Feb 15, 2013 1:53 PM

    Manzel is going to light this league up. He went through his progressions better than some NFL QBs in the Cotton Bowl and has all the physical tools to go along with crazy athleticism. Watch out.

  19. crownofthehelmet says: Feb 15, 2013 1:57 PM

    Joe Flacco just lost some negotiating leverage.

  20. EJ says: Feb 15, 2013 2:00 PM

    Considering the Bills are keeping Fitzpatrick, resigned Aaron Corp and Tarvaris Jackson, they will be the Team that benefits from this kid coming out early.

  21. mike5011ad says: Feb 15, 2013 2:02 PM

    Johnny Manziel and Russell Wilson are comparible in height, but not in their style of play. Russell Wilson has a quick release, and tries to get the ball out of his hands as quick as possible. Manziel on the other hand, holds onto the ball and tries to break the defense down with some 1950′s style scrambling. Manziel is great at scrambling, but he needs to develop in the timing passing game in order to become a serious threat in the NFL. Kaepernik, Wilson, and Griffin all improved in that area. Manziel needs to become more like them in order to become a top flight NFL prospect.

  22. cardiovascularendurance says: Feb 15, 2013 2:02 PM

    For you folks thumbs downing my RG3 comment, the dude is the same height as Tony Romo and Aaron Rodgers. Are they short too?

  23. senorpapino says: Feb 15, 2013 2:04 PM

    Teddy Bridgewater > Johnny Manziel

  24. radrntn says: Feb 15, 2013 2:12 PM

    And all johnny manziel is thinking to himself is how lucky he is that at least jake matthews is coming back

  25. zengreaser says: Feb 15, 2013 2:20 PM

    There’s no such thing as a sure-thing pick when it comes to college players & the NFL draft.

  26. MTLighthouse69 says: Feb 15, 2013 2:36 PM

    Manziel short? Isn’t he an inch taller than Brees?

    The only question that I have about Manziel is durability. He needs to get down and avoid the hits or he won’t last in the NFL. He better learn that in college before turning pro.

    He also needs to work on throwing the deep ball with a little more accuracy.

  27. mandracchia says: Feb 15, 2013 2:51 PM

    Oh come on. Most people never heard of Johnny Manziel until the Alabama game. If Saban would have ran the ball at the end instead of passing Alabama would have won and Johnny football does not get the H award an he is just another small QB having a good college career and maybe taken in the 4th round or lower

  28. shackdelrio says: Feb 15, 2013 2:58 PM

    Future Jaguar

  29. tonyugoh says: Feb 15, 2013 3:06 PM

    Call me crazy but in a few years, I think Kevin Hogan will be looked at as better than Manziel, Bridgewater and Mariota, and I’m a big Manziel fan.

  30. bigdawg24 says: Feb 15, 2013 3:09 PM

    Wish the Chiefs could have got him this year. JAX Will draft him next year.

  31. thesportsguru7 says: Feb 15, 2013 3:12 PM

    295 434 3706 68.0 8.54 89 26 9 22 155.3

    Yeah he sucks at passing, he only threw for 3700+ yards with a 68% completion percentage.

    Sometimes I question some of the commentors on here as to whether they really understand football.

  32. krc85aggie says: Feb 15, 2013 3:29 PM

    mandracchia

    As you said he wasn’t “heard of” before the Alabama game. He performed similarly in EVERY game this past year, even the games they lost. Go back and watch the highlights for yourself. I think he ran a lot more this year than he will in the seasons to follow because he has a much improved receiver corps this year. But when he needs to run, I guarantee he will have no problem.

  33. antalicus says: Feb 15, 2013 5:56 PM

    He needs to wait for a year when the Cowboys have an early pick in the first round.

  34. abninf says: Feb 15, 2013 9:09 PM

    Not an A&M fan. Don’t even watch college ball much. I don’t generally like “running” QB’s. But I started watching this young man and was amazed. Jerry Jones, find a way to make it happen.

  35. coltzfan166 says: Feb 15, 2013 9:24 PM

    And then Manziel will decide to stay another year when the Raiders end up with the #1 overall pick.

  36. knowsalittleaboutfoorball says: Feb 16, 2013 8:46 PM

    Everyone thought Fran Tarkington was too small for the NFL also. Manzel has some sick athletic ability, sees the field well, and will probably do well in the league. If he is smart enough. Vince Young was a great college but let’s face it he was not the brightest bulb in the pack. If I was going to draft Johnny Football, I would take a look at his GPA and the class load he took. You can’t have a dumb QB.

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