Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and wide receiver Mike Evans will declare for the 2014 NFL Draft after Tuesday's Chick-Fil-A Bowl, according to NFL.com, which would confirm long-standing expecations that both redshirt sophomores would leave the Aggies with two years of eligibility remaining.
Manziel, who became the first freshman to win the Heisman trophy in 2012, has thrown for 3,732 yards with 33 touchdowns and 13 interceptions this season. He is rated as the No. 2 quarterback and No. 17 overall prospect potentially eligible for next spring's draft by NFLDraftScout.com.
Manziel promises to be one of the most polarizing prospects leading up to the May draft. While he has dazzled with his playmaking ability in college, questions remain about his arm strength and whether he possesses the leadership qualities to become the face of an NFL franchise following a tumultuous offseason after winning the Heisman.
Evans, 6-feet-5 and 225 pounds, has 65 catches for 1,322 yards with 12 touchdowns this season. NFLDraftScout.com ranks him the No. 2 wide receiver and No. 8 overall prospect. Evans isn't a speed burner, but he is a big-time downfield threat who Manziel trusted to go up and win balls thrown into traffic.
Evans won't consistently separate at the line of scrimmage, but he plays with great physicality and has a competitive demeanor that enables him to out-muscle defenders for the ball.
Underclassmen have until Jan. 15 to officially declare for the 2014 NFL Draft. Washington Huskies junior running back Bishop Sankey announced Monday that he will enter May's draft.