(NEW YORK) — Even though he has yet to declare for the 2014 NFL Draft, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel says he’s confident he can play at the next level.
Manziel, a redshirt sophomore, are getting ready to play Duke in the Chick Fil-A Bowl, but he may have his eyes on the NFL already.
“In my mind, I think I am [ready],” Manizel said.
“More than anything, ‘Are you ready for the next level?’ That’s the big thing,” Manziel added. “You don’t want to go and be unprepared for the National Football League and leave two years [of college football] on the table. It all comes down to making the best decision for you. Whether you’re ready. Whether teams are quarterback-needy. You look at all factors.”
Manziel has been one of the most exciting players at the collegiate level since becoming a starter for the Aggies last season.
He became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy, and speculation about his NFL future has been much-discussed since.
This season, Manziel has compiled 4,418 yards of offense and has scored 41 touchdowns through the air and the ground.
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Jill Martin, CNN
Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire