The one college football player who brings about the most excitement and most heated debates among fans will enter the 2014 NFL Draft and bring his signature style to the pros.
Former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel has reportedly already filed his paperwork to declare for the 2014 NFL Draft, according to Gil Brandt of NFL Media.
To be clear, Manziel has officially submitted declaration papers to #NFL for inclusing in 2014 draft, part of record 80 underclassmen.
— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) January 8, 2014
Thoughts and projections on Manziel vary wildly, with many analysts projecting the Texas A&M product as a first-round pick, but with plenty of concerns about his ability to handle life in the NFL on and off the field.
For example, Rob Rang of CBS Sports has the following to say about Manziel’s pro prospects:
- “String of off-field issues brings maturity level and ability to handle the rigors of being the “face” of an NFL franchise into serious question.”
- “Highly competitive performer, who despite his hype as a party-goer, is respected for his work ethic and commitment to the team.”
- “Seems to possess eyes in the back of his head, showing incredible spatial awareness of those around him.”
- “Possesses enough arm strength to make every NFL throw but does not own a howitzer and projects best in a timing-based offense that utilizes rather than limits his creativity.”
For every positive remark someone can make about Manziel, there is an equal concern to raise about how he’ll fair as a professional quarterback.
Manziel is a product of the SEC, and many Buccaneers fans have seen him first-hand on Saturdays for the past two seasons. So there’s plenty of hype in the Tampa Bay fanbase about the diminutive quarterback for the Aggies.
So do you think he’ll succeed in the NFL, and would you want him on the Buccaneers? Let us know in the comments below.