The NFL got a whole lot more exciting in 2014 at about 12:30 this afternoon. After speculation and a short wait 2012 Heisman Trophy winner and Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel did exactly what every thought he would do - he declared for the NFL Draft.
A story on NFL.com, states that, “According to Gil Brandt of NFL.com, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel has filed his paperwork to enter the 2014 NFL Draft."
This seemed an obvious bit of news, since he’s already picked agents. But it’s Manziel, and it was just a day ago he was talking about being undecided about entering the draft of staying in school.
Maybe Manziel’s performance in the Chik-Fil-A Bowl against Duke convinced him he was ready for the next level, where defenders are bigger, stronger and faster.
As Darin Gantt wrote in the online story, “His aptitude for football is clear, and he should be able to upgrade the position for a number of teams picking in the top half of the first round. But some will doubtless be scared off by his reputation, which comes with that extra F as an initial in the middle of his Johnny Football moniker."
Now that the decision has been made, teams in the top 10 and other teams that would like to add the superstar to their roster will lineup, offer trades and jockey for positioning to bring in one of the biggest draws in recent college football memory.
Here are five teams who could be fighting to draft Manziel in May.
Houston Texans: The Texans need to create a buzz again in Houston. After a 2-14 season where Gary Kubiak was fired and the offense looked a mess, Manziel creates instant offense and helps sell tickets.
Jacksonville Jaguars: I don't think they reach for him at No. 3. But he could be a player for any other team that wants to jump ahead of Cleveland and is willing to give up a ransom of sorts for Manziel's talent. Jacksonville could benefit from not picking Manziel the most.
Cleveland Browns: This is the most logical place for Manziel. A star in the making, a possible free agent pick up in Ben Tate and a defense that is young and exciting at times. I like the Browns' makeup and think they are a team on the rise.
Oakland Raiders: If any team is salivating at the idea of Manziel playing for them besides Cleveland, it might be Oakland. Terrelle Pryor nor Matt McGloin are going to scare opposing defenses. Oakland, maybe more than any other team in the NFL, needs Manziel to be whole again.
Dallas Cowboys: This is something Jerry Jones would do to shake up the NFL world. A team that has missed the playoffs the last three seasons in the final week and needs an infusion of hope. Can't you see Jones pimping Manziel as the "Quarterback the Cowboys have always needed?"