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Johnny Manziel, Mike Evans both entering NFL draft next spring

12/30/2013 at 9:27 am By

manziel evansAccording to a report from NFL.com’s Gil Brandt, Texas A&M star quarterback Johnny Manziel and leading receiver Mike Evans will both be turning pro after the Aggies bowl game.

A&M will be facing Duke December 31st, giving Johnny Football and Evans — both redshirt sophomores — one more opportunity to impress scouts before the combine and draft workouts commence.

Manziel improved as a passer this season after becoming the first freshman the Heisman Trophy last year. This season, Manziel completed 69.1% of his passes for 3,732 yards and 33 touchdowns and threw 13 interceptions after throwing 26/9 in his freshman campaign. Manziel did see his rushing stats decline from 1,410 yards and 21 TDs to 686/8 as he spent more time in the pocket to work on his passing skills. There have been questions about Manziel’s maturity over the course of his college career, but his ability to make plays both in and out of the pocket will keep him among the draft’s top available QBs.

The 6-5, 225 lb Evans emerged as one of the nation’s biggest playmakers and Manziel’s favorite target. Evans caught a combined 147 passes for 2,427 yards and 17 touchdowns in two seasons, including 12 TD catches this year. Evans’ combination of size and speed will make him a high WR prospect in next spring’s draft.

-ALR

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