Johnny Manziel's Updated 2014 NFL Draft Stock After Win in Chick-fil-A Bowl

Chris RolingFeatured ColumnistJanuary 1, 2014

Dec 31, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) reacts to a fourth-quarter interception against the Duke Blue Devils in the 2013 Chick-fil-A Bowl at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports
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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.

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:

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler followed suit during Manziel's epic performance:

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:

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:

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.


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