Coach says Manziel to reveal draft decision before bowl game

AP

Everyone knows that Johnny Manziel won’t return to Texas A&M next year.  On Friday, his current head coach said that Manziel will make his decision officially known before the team’s bowl game.

“We haven’t had that conversation,” Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin told ESPN Radio’s SVP & Russillo regarding whether Manziel has said he’s leaving.  “My job is to get him all the facts that we can get him.  We’ll have that discussion after the Missouri game, certainly during the bowl preparation.  I’m sure the announcement will be made at that time.”

Questions about getting paid to sign autographs quickly evaporated once the season began, and Manziel has yet again performed at a high level.

“He’s handled things on the field as well as any player in the country,” Sumlin said.  “His numbers are better than they were last year.  And I’ve had a number of people tell me there’s no more exciting college football player in the country than he is, and he’s the guy they like to watch.

“He’s a special talent.  His energy, his leadership on the team is evident, and he continues to get better every week.”

Anything other than a decision to enter the draft will be a shock.  Apart from making it known that he’s ready to leave College Station, there’s nothing more Manziel can prove by staying at Texas A&M.

In fact, not striking when the NFL iron is glowing could raise questions about whether he truly loves the thought of competing at the highest level of the sport.

38 responses to “Coach says Manziel to reveal draft decision before bowl game

  1. Please stay Johnny. You can spend your whole offseason being 21 (we all know you like to party) rather than an offseason getting ready for the combine, your pro day, interviews with GMs, and OTAs just to end up in Jacksonville.

  2. Manziel is a great, tough player but hell never make it in the nfl.

    The Jets will probably take him, they obviously don’t have a clue how to draft qbs.

    #laughingstock #relocatetoLAalready #pittiful #yoursuperbowlwas45yearsago

  3. Naw, he has clearly shown that he loves to compete. He is probably going to the draft. If he doesn’t I would read that as a sign that his family talked him into letting himself mature a bit more before hitting the NFL.

  4. Manziel is a great, tough player but hell never make it in the nfl.

    The Jets will probably take him, they obviously don’t have a clue how to draft qbs.

    #laughingstock #relocatetoLAalready #pittiful #yoursuperbowlwas45yearsago

    That was really uncalled for..

  5. College Football Playoff next year. A stacked team set to win the National Championship as opposed to going to the Jaguars. Florio, I wish I could see the look on your face when he announces he’s staying.

  6. And Florio, he tweeted that he can’t wait to leave College Station out of jest because he was mad about a parking ticket he got. He’s probably not mad about that anymore. To me, it’s a 50/50 chance he stays.

  7. He will leave but I don’t think his future will be too bright unless he can get on a team that can have him learn from an established pro, much like what happened to Aaron Rodgers. That said it would take him not getting drafted until the late first round for that to happen and unfortunately I don’t see that happening. Some GM will use an early pick on him (Min, Jax, Clev, Hou, Oak) and he will get thrown to the wolves and then be the next “mobile” QB to fail in the NFL.

  8. Man, I see Ryan Leaf 2.0. This could end very badly for a team seeking a franchise quarterback.

    Pay very close attention to those pre-draft answers to questions like, “What are your plans once you get drafted?”

    Is he gonna say, “I plan to get to work.” (aka, Peyton Manning) or is he gonna say, “I’m headin’ to Vegas, man!!” (aka, Ryan Leaf).

  9. Unsure whether the pros will do the same thing to his “bravado” and love of game as it did for other “greats” like Vince Young and Tim Tebow. On the other hand, he could become the next Peyton Manning.

    Hard to imagine that as a college Junior he will ready for the major leagues…..

  10. Whether or not a QB succeeds in the NFL depends on the team into which he is drafted. Plenty of QB’s that were “big enough,” “mature enough” or “dedicated enough” absolutely tanked in the NFL. At the same time some others that did not fit those armchair coach evaluations prospered. Funny huh?

  11. I sure wouldnt mind if he fell to the middle of the first round and the bears snagged him. Be a breath of fresh air to see anything but the name “Cutler” behind center. Jus sayin..

  12. “Johnny Cleveland leads the browns to first Lombardi in 2014.”

    They already have their Lombardi, he’s in the front office.

  13. Manziel is a dominant college player. I’m skeptical his improv, backyard football style can cut it full-time in the NFL. Whoever drafts him may want to draft Mike Davis, as well. He deserves a ton of credit for Manziel’s success, too.

  14. I don’t get where the “decision” is.

    He’s projected to go in the top 15, I believe. And given the teams that are desperate to take a flier on a QB, he could even go in the top 5.

    If he comes back and gets injured, and drops into the 3rd or 4th round, he will cost himself millions for sure.

    There is zero upside to coming back for him, unless he doesn’t care what happens with his NFL career.

    And BTW…people said Drew Brees was too short too. How did that work out for him?

  15. If he “declares”, I don’t see him being drafted in the first round. Read-option QBs aren’t doing all that well this year. Case-in-point, Colin Kaepernick.

    But then, there’s Russell Wilson so maybe Kaepernick just sucks this year.

    Can Manziel be a “pocket passer?” He just doesn’t impress me the way Winston does.

  16. People saying he is going to end up on the Jaguars must be thinking he’s a second round draft pick.

    There is absolutely no shot this guy is the first QB picked next year. Bridgewater and Mariotta at least go ahead of him and it’s possible that Boyd and Mettenberger do as well.

    Which I think is a good thing for him. the last thing he needs is to go some needy, pathetic franchise that is going to look for him to be the face and savior of the franchise from day one.

    Better to fall somewhere in the middle of the first round where a decent team that runs an offense a guy like him would thrive in is most likely going to be picking.

    I wonder how he looks in green?

  17. People that say he isn’t a pocket passer probably haven’t watched him play a full game this year. He’s thrown a ton more from the pocket this year, and has done that very well. That’s why his stats are even better this year.

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