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Johnny Manziel Should Forgo Sophomore Season at Texas A&M and Focus on NFL Draft

COLLEGE STATION, TX - APRIL 13:  Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel #2  waits near the bench during the Maroon & White spring football game at Kyle Field on April 13, 2013 in College Station, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistAugust 8, 2013

After all the controversy that has swirled around Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and the multiple reported deals to sign merchandise for money per ESPN and Chase Goodbread of NFL.com, the redshirt sophomore should forgo playing this season and leave college early to focus on the NFL draft.

With being suspended a possibility, via Darren Rovell and Justine Gubar of ESPN.com, Manziel is better off leaving the Aggies immediately and starting the process of training to make the jump to the next level.

Manziel has plenty of work to do on his game before he is ready for the NFL, but with the raw talent needed to become the most dominant dual-threat QB in college football, there is no question that the ability is there for the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner.

His mobility is his biggest strength, but the inconsistency in his past work is something Manziel must address. With plenty of elite quarterback tutors available to help develop his game, there is no reason for him to hold off the preparation.

If he can clean up his flaws on the field and prepare with former NFL players off the field about what he must expect as a star, there will be plenty of teams that would love to get their hands on a player with as much skill as Manziel.

It is possible that the sophomore would leave college after this season to enter the NFL draft anyway—his stock can’t get much higher than being a Heisman winner in his freshman season—so taking the next several months off to focus on his game would be the right move.

Add in the fact that he would avoid the drama that will engulf the Aggies as the NCAA investigates the reports, per Rovell and Gubar, and Manziel's decision to leave college would be a wise investment in his future.

Not only would the time away from the college game allow Manziel to learn and grow as a player, but the departure from College Station could also be the best-case scenario to remedy any off-field issues he may be facing.

Getting away from the wrong people and focusing on the NFL may be what Johnny Football needs. Manziel was asked to leave the Manning Passing Academy and was thrown out of a Texas college party, and while those aren’t horrible actions for a college player, they could be a sign of bigger issues to come.

Shifting his focus from the college lifestyle to his NFL training could help him leave some of his immaturity issues in the past. If the teams around the league see a more matured Manziel on draft day, the rush to take the talented prospect will be on.

Instead of staying in college and facing the wrath of the NCAA, Johnny Football should walk away and start focusing on his NFL future.

 

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