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Johnny Manziel declares for NFL draft

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Texas A&M quarterback, Johnny Manziel has declared for the NFL draft according to Gil Brandt of

Brandt reports that Manziel was among a record high of 80 underclassmen who have signed papers for the draft in May.

The 2012 Heisman trophy winner has been expected to enter the draft ever since he set an NCAA record for total offensive yards during his freshman season at College Station.

Manziel signed off his collegiate career with the Aggies' in a stunning 52-48 victory over Duke in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. After an MVP performance, Manziel was coy on turning professional; "I've got until January 15th, so we'll see." 

NFL teams did not even have to wait until the deadline later this month to see if Manziel would be available to them this offseason.

The Texas born passer is expected to go in the top 10 of the draft but is unlikely to be drafted higher than Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater or UCF's Blake Bortles who are also quarterbacks. 

Manziel's next stop is the NFL combine at the end of February where he will be fully assessed by professional scouts before the big selection event in New York on May 8th. 

The quarterbacks' lethal mix of precise passing and speed has made him the most exciting player in college football this year although whether he can take these skills to the next level remains to be seen.

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