Johnny Manziel on whether he’s ready for the NFL: ‘I think I am’

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It’s that time of the year again. Top NFL Draft prospects will be deciding in the next few weeks whether they will enter the NFL Draft early or return for another year of college football.

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Johnny Manziel is certainly one of the many.

Manziel is in Orlando for the Home Depot’s College Football Awards, and he was asked whether or not he’s ready for the NFL and if he’ll be entering the draft early, via DallasNews.com.

“You take everything into account,” Manziel told Texags. “More than anything, are you ready for the next level? You don’t want to go be unprepared for the National Football League or leave two years on the table. In the grand scheme, it all comes down to making the best decision for you.

“I’m playing for the most part a really high level of football, putting the ball where I want, throwing it with a lot of velocity, so in my mind I think I am.”

Here’s a look at Manziel’s numbers from 2012 to 2013, and they show he’s improved as a pocket passer, his primary focus this season.

  Comp. Att. Yds Comp. % Att./Game TDs INTs
2012 295 434 3,706 68 33.38 26 9
2013 270 391 3,732 69.1 32.58 33 13

Manziel is a fierce competitor, and he’ll likely ultimately decide to take that next step into the NFL. He’s tabbed as a projected first-round pick this April, and with the NFL trending toward quarterbacks like Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick, Manziel’s value has increased over the last couple of years, not to mention he’s been so dynamic in just two seasons in the SEC.

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  • He has improved as a pocket passer, even though he’s thrown 43 fewer passes this year for 26 more yards? Completion rate jumped 1.01%, which is basically not jumping at all. And with the 7 extra TDs, he’s thrown 4 more picks. 2013 looks a lot like 2012 to me. And not that they aren’t good numbers, but I’ve heard people rave about how improved he is. Evidently, it’s all in the intangibles.

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