Report: Johnny Manziel among record number to declare for NFL Draft
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Johnny Football is done with college football.
Texas A&M sophomore Johnny Manziel has declared for the NFL Draft, according to NFL.com senior analyst Gil Brandt.
To be clear, Manziel has officially submitted declaration papers to #NFL for inclusing in 2014 draft, part of record 80 underclassmen.— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) January 8, 2014
The rise in underclassmen to declare for the draft intrigues me. It could signal that players are more and more impatient for the big pay day, or simply that they are unwilling to gamble on the potential of injury wiping out that opportunity for a paycheck.
Thinking a tad cynically, the positive of returning to school and delaying going pro is the possibility of increasing earning power by improving one's draft position. That comes with the inherrent risk of getting or hurt or otherwise damaging one's draft potential (see: Barkley, Matt).
As long as college players are not getting paid fully for their services -- which is especially true for marketable stars like Manziel -- it's hard to blame college athletes for passing on the gamble of imrpoved draft stock for immediate gains of an NFL paycheck.
Additionally, Manziel figures to be taken early in this year's Draft, as many teams atop the board could use a dynamic quarterback.
Vikings fans, do you think there is even a chance he'll fall to No. 8? If he does, do you want the Vikings to take him?