But he indicated tonight that another stellar season at the college level could hasten his interest in heading to the NFL, where mobile quarterbacks like Manziel (6-foot, 200 pounds) are becoming a hot commodity. As an example, Manziel cited Seattle’s Russell Wilson (5-11, 204), the only rookie quarterback to win a game as a starter in the 2012 NFL playoffs.
“For me, being a shorter guy, a chance at the NFL, at a high draft pick, that’s something that I’ve only ever dreamed about,” said Manziel, who could enter the 2014 NFL Draft because he would be three years removed from high school at that time. “The NFL, … it’s changing. There’s a lot of things that can be done with more mobile guys.”
Asked if leading the Aggies to a 2013 national championship, combined with his 2012 Heisman Trophy, could trigger a move to the NFL after next season, Manziel said he had no timetable in mind but would consider exploring his NFL options after next season.
“Regardless of how long I’m at A&M, … I’m going to enjoy the time that I do have and go out and try to win every game,” Manziel said during a news conference before formally accepting the O'Brien Award. “A lot of things factor in (to an NFL draft decision). When the time comes, I think it will be a hard decision.”
Asked if he was a big Russell Wilson fan, Manziel said: "Now, I am. You look at his stature and some of the things he’s done, it’s impressive ... "
And Manziel can relate.
"You can’t really judge somebody’s heart and how they play on the field. Because for me, I’m going to go out and – it doesn’t matter how big you are. It doesn’t matter if you’re 6-7, 300 pounds, whatever, I still feel like I can take you on, and I’m going to out-fight you," Manziel said. "For me, that was a big thing this year."
_ Jimmy Burch