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Johnny Manziel will decide on 2014 NFL Draft before bowl game

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

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Will Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel enter the 2014 draft? (USATSI)

The 2014 NFL Draft is setting up for some major intrigue. There will be plenty of teams at the top who want quarterbacks and potentially plenty of quarterbacks available. No quarterback will be more watched than Johnny Manziel ... if he comes out. And we should know soon.

Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin (will he leave too?) said on ESPN's "SVP & Russillo" Friday that Manziel will make a decision about going pro in between the Aggies final game against Missouri and their bowl game.

"We haven't had that conversation," Sumlin said. "My job is to get him all the facts that we can get him. We'll have that discussion after the Missouri game, certainly during the bowl preparation. I'm sure the announcement will be made at that time."

The Aggies play at Mizzou on November 30 so it's not too far around the corner from when we might learn of Manziel's long-term prospects.

Many folks thought -- primarily because Manziel seemed so unhappy in College Station this offseason -- that John F. Football leaving for the NFL seemed like a done deal. It still feels like a good bet that he bounces for the pros, if only to avoid another offseason of (college) scrutiny.

NFLDraftScout.com's Dane Brugler and Rob Rang both had JFF going in the first round of their most recent 2014 NFL Mock Drafts and Brugler put Manziel third to the Vikings.

"Minnesota is stuck in quarterback mediocrity with Christian Ponder, Matt Cassel and newly acquired Josh Freeman," Brugler writes. "Regardless if the head coach and/or general manager is back, quarterback has to be No. 1 on the offseason priority list and Manziel presents a risky, yet talented option."

Rang didn't have Manziel going that high, but he did slot Mr. Football to the Titans at No. 14.

A lot can still happen, and Manziel could still roll back to college. But given how impressive he's been on the field and how his stock's risen in the last year, it wouldn't be surprising to see him bolt school. And we could find out about it pretty soon if Sumlin's right.

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