Nov 30, 2013; Columbia, MO, USA; Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel looks for an open receiver against the Missouri Tigers. Photo Credit: USA Today Sports

NFL Draft 2014: Johnny Manziel benefits from Mariota decision

Within the past few weeks, the 2014 NFL Draft’s quarterback class has taken a big hit. Oregon Ducks signal-caller Marcus Mariota decided that he would return to school for at least another year, while LSU Tigers quarterback Zach Mettenberger and Aaron Murray of the Georgia sufferend torn ACLs.

That means that the door has opened for someone to make up some serious ground and watch their draft stock soar and it appears that Texas A&M Aggies star Johnny Manziel will be the prospect that benefits the most.

NFL.com’s Chase Goodbread shared his thoughts on the 2014 quarterback class, where he said that Manziel could now have an opportunity to be the first quarterback taken in next year’s draft.

“Between Mariota’s decision and recent serious knee injuries suffered by two other quarterback prospects — LSU’s Zach Mettenberger and Georgia’s Aaron Murray — the quarterback draft class of 2014 has taken something of a hit in the last 10 days,” Goodbread wrote. “And while even a healthy Murray hasn’t been projected as a higher draft pick than Manziel anyway, the Mariota decision and the Mettenberger injury could help Manziel move one or two steps closer to being the first quarterback chosen next spring.”

We will have to see just how far Manziel rises on draft boards, but it is going to be hard for him to leapfrog the likes of Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater and Fresno State’s Derek Carr.

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