(NEW YORK) — Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel has decided to forgo his final two seasons of eligibility and enter the NFL Draft in April, reports ESPN.
Manziel submitted the official paperwork on Wednesday and is expected to be a first-round selection in April.
“In my mind, I think I am [ready],” Manizel said when asked about making the jump to the NFL in December.
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.”
The 2012 Heisman Trophy winner threw for 7,820 yards and 63 touchdowns while rushing for 2,169 yards and 30 more scores in two seasons at Texas A&M.
Manziel’s feat in 2012 made him the first freshman in college football to ever win the Heisman Trophy.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN