They Grow Up So Fast

He's in, but is he a Texan? Johnny Manziel declares for NFL draft

He's in, but is he a Texan? Johnny Manziel declares for NFL draft

Johnny Manziel throw
Texas A&M wonderboy Johnny Manziel has officially filed paperwork to declare for the 2014 NFL draft after two seasons in College Station.  Photo courtesy of Texas A&M

It seems Johnny Manziel has had his fill of college competition and NCAA guidelines and will enter the 2014 NFL draft, according to ESPN. Manziel filed the official paperwork on Wednesday to declare for the draft.

The Texas A&M signal caller is foregoing his final two years of eligibility after a short but illustrious career in College Station during which he became the first freshman to win the Heisman and led the Aggies in the competitive SEC.

Johnny Football threw for 7,820 yards and 63 touchdowns while running for 2,169 yards and 30 touchdowns in two seasons, earning an avalanche of awards, including the Heisman, AP Player of the Year and All-American honors in 2012. In 2013, he was named the SEC Male Athlete of the Year.

Manziel is expected to be a first-round pick at the draft in April, though where is still unsure, as the combine and evaluation processes are yet to get going in earnest after Monday’s BCS national championship bout between Florida State and Auburn University. The Houston Texans have the No. 1 draft pick, but it's not clear if Manziel's skills, though formidable, merit that selection.

Some analysts believe the Texans should make the University of Central Florida's Blake Bortles their No. 1 pick, while Texans owner Bob McNair says he's open to trading the top pick for several NFL players.

In his short time at Texas A&M, Johnny Football was nearly as famous for his off-field antics as his on-field production. Between pictures of him partying popping up nearly every other week to an investigation into payment for autographs, the spotlight shone brightly on the quarterback wherever he went.