At this point, it appears the Heisman Trophy is Johnny Manziel's to lose. It would be astounding to see a redshirt freshman win the award. His play has been dominant, especially late in the season, most notably in Texas A&M's upset win over the No. 1-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide.
It's tough to project his NFL draft status, but he clearly has the potential to compete at the next level.
Manziel is completing close to 70 percent of his passes, which says a lot, especially after facing difficult SEC defenses each week. He is committed to becoming an efficient pocket-passer, but also is explosive as a runner.
It's tough to find a comparison for Manziel, but as of now, the Aggies quarterback reminds me of former Heisman winner Cam Newton. Just like Newton, Manziel found immediate success against the elite SEC defenses in his first year as a starter. His ability to be lethal in the running game by scoring 19 touchdowns on the ground resembles the path that Newton took while with Auburn.
The best part about Manziel's development is that he is only a redshirt freshman, which means he has plenty of more time to continue improving as an elite passing quarterback and eventually become the next quarterback selected first overall in the draft.
Matt Miselis is a veteran NFL Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report who has been featured on ESPN, CBS Sports and the Houston Chronicle.