Johnny Manziel was at it again in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. He led the No. 21 Texas A&M Aggies over the No. 24 Duke Blue Devils 52-48 while leaving no doubt he is one of the 2014 NFL draft's top prospects.
Counteracting an Aggies defense that surrendered 661 total yards, Manziel was the definition of dominant in what may have been his final game at the collegiate level before he makes for the pros.
It was another day at the office for Manziel, as he threw for 382 yards and four scores. He also led the team in rushing with 73 yards and a score.
Johnny Manziel: 1st career game with 300+ passing yards, 4 TD & 0 INT— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 1, 2014
Manziel was sharp as the Aggies stormed back from a 38-17 halftime deficit to pull off the victory.
Johnny Football added plenty of pristine highlights to his resume in perhaps his final pro audition:
Manziel's stock is higher than ever, and there is reason to believe he could be the second quarterback off the board in the 2014 draft.
Pro Football Talk's Michael David Smith put it best:
If you're an NFL coach and Johnny Football isn't a fit for your offense, change your offense.— Michael David Smith (@MichaelDavSmith) January 1, 2014
CBS Sports' Dane Brugler followed suit during Manziel's epic performance:
Text from NFL scout buddy on Manziel: "His doubters are gonna be shocked at how high this kid goes." #NFLDraft— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) January 1, 2014
Standing at 6'1" and 210 pounds, Manziel is elite when it comes to the buzz word "escapability." Feel free to knock his accuracy, physical stature and decision-making at times, but Manziel possesses an uncanny ability to extend and make plays with his feet.
NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah and Rotoworld's Josh Norris sang Manziel's praises in this regard:
Improvisational skill reminds me of Romo RT @MoveTheSticks: Studied Manziel today... Escapability vs free rushers is the best I've ever seen— Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) December 31, 2013
Manziel entered the game against the Blue Devils with 3,732 yards and 33 touchdowns to 13 interceptions, his second consecutive year with more than 3,700 passing yards and 25 touchdown passes.
Manziel has nothing left to prove at the collegiate level.
As expected, reporters grilled him with postgame questions about his draft status, to which he had no answer, as captured by Pro Football Talk:
Johnny Manziel on entering the draft: "I can't even think about anything other than this game right now."— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) January 1, 2014
Manziel's stock will never be higher. He was the first freshman to ever win the Heisman Trophy and has two bowl wins to his name. His latest showing against the Blue Devils was the icing on the cake for his top-10 stock and will forever be etched in the halls of collegiate football history.
All Manziel has to do now is say the word, and the pro game will come calling.