Johnny Manziel files paperwork to enter NFL draft

Johnny ManzielIn a move shocking absolutely nobody, Johnny Manziel has filed paperwork to enter the NFL Draft, NFL.com’s Gil Brandt reports.

This development comes a day after it was reported that Manziel has chosen Select Sports Group in Houston to negotiate his contracts and Maverick Carter’s LRMR to represent him for marketing. It’s unclear if he has signed a contract with either agency at this point.

ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. said he expects Manziel to be a top-8 pick in the draft. We expect that he’ll go in the top 10 as well.

Though many people cite his character and rock star personality as a reason to question how he’ll do in the NFL, I think the big concern with him is his size. Being really fast and small is a bad combination for a quarterback. Being a fast runner often leads to a quarterback leaving the pocket more. Their collisions have greater impact and the potential to do more damage. Look at how many times Manziel went down in games this season for Texas A&M. Imagine how bad that will be in the NFL.

I think his skill level is very high and that he’ll dominate the way RG3 did in his rookie season. But, like RG3, I think Manziel will end up getting hurt.

Johnny Manziel reportedly picks agent, will have Maverick Carter do his marketing

Johnny Manziel hasn’t officially declared for the NFL draft yet, but he reportedly has picked his representation.

According to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, Manziel has chosen Houston-based Select Sports Group to represent him for his contract talks. He also has picked LRMR, which is the firm run by LeBron James’ business partner, Maverick Carter, for his marketing.

Manziel was at the Miami Heat-Golden State Warriors game last week and hung out with Carter. The Heisman Trophy winner has also developed a friendship with James.

LeBron James Johnny Manziel

In an interview with “The Dan Patrick Show” last month, Manziel says he texted with LeBron daily to get through some of the difficulties in his life, such as the autograph controversy.

“Everyone was coming after me and there was so much criticism,” Manziel said. “I feel like LeBron deals with that every single day of his life.”

Manziel is viewed as a likely first-round pick if he leaves for the draft. Many believe he will be a top-10 pick and possible selection for the Houston Texans, who have the first overall pick and have expressed a willingness to trade down.

Photo: Instagram/JManziel2

Johnny Manziel yells ‘Florida State, turn the f— up!’ at club, does Tomahawk Chop (Video)

Johnny Manziel Tomahawk Chop

Curious who Johnny Manziel will be supporting in the BCS National Championship Game? Well we can tell you it’s not Auburn.

Johnny Football was out at Emerson Theatre in Hollywood Sunday night for an FSU party — the same one he left with two women, including model and former FSU student Lauren Hanley — and he expressed clear support for Florida State. Manziel led fans in the Tomahawk Chop, and at one point in the club, got on the mic and yelled, “Florida State, turn the f– up!”

Because the video contains some naughty language, we have it below.

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Johnny Manziel leaves club with model Lauren Hanley

Johnny Manziel Lauren Hanley

Johnny Manziel has been partying all Winter Break since Texas A&M’s season ended on New Year’s Eve. He was in Miami hanging out with Drake and Urban Meyer’s family at a Miami Heat game, and now he’s in LA, possibly for the BCS National Championship Game.

TMZ caught Johnny Football coming out of a club in Hollywood Sunday night, and the real story is who he was with. TMZ noted that Manziel left the club with two women. That sounds like pimp status to most people, but the real big deal is that one of them was model Lauren Hanley.

[Related: Johnny Manziel leads FSU fans in chant, does Tomahawk Chop at club]

Johnny Manziel Lauren Hanley club

Hanley is easily one of the hottest models on the ‘net and has become extremely popular online over the past several months.

She was Miss Coed August 2013 and she’s currently second in the poll to be Miss Coed 2014. She’s been featured on Barstool Sports, named the Lovely Lady of the Day by Jimmy Traina on Hot Clicks, and she’s been featured by Guyism.

Lauren is a Florida native and Florida State athletics fan. She used to go to FSU and worked at the Hooters in Tallahassee, but she lives in LA now. She actually works at The Root Cellar, a weed dispensary in Sherman Oaks (818 holla!). Lauren posted a photo of some weed on her Instagram account last week, telling people to visit her at work, before deleting the pic. I actually became familiar with her after — no joke — seeing her on Tinder last month and realizing she was the same girl from Coed.

Manziel has seemed to be irritated with his fame at many points over the past year, but this is definitely one time where we can say it has paid off. Tell me Johnny that it wasn’t all worth it.


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Jameis Winston sought advice from Johnny Manziel on dealing with off-field distractions

Jameis-Winston-Johnny-ManzielJameis Winston and Johnny Manziel have some very obvious things in common. They are both college quarterbacks who won the Heisman Trophy, but there is more to it than that. Like Manziel, Winston has had to deal with a lot of distractions that have nothing to do with the game of football.

On Friday, Winston told reporters that he sought advice from Manziel when the two met during awards week in December.

“He just told me to stay myself,” Winston said, via Graham Watson of Dr. Saturday. “When you think about the things that Johnny went through and then you see the things that he does on the field, it makes you forget about the things that’s happening, and that’s what I’m trying to do. I’m trying to make football be my getaway, and that’s what he’s done a great job of.”

For what it’s worth, the one big distraction Winston had to deal with was a lot more serious than stuff like Manziel flashing money at the casino and reportedly being sent home from a passing camp because he was out drinking the night before. Winston was accused of rape, though no charges were filed against him following an investigation.

“One thing that Johnny did is he set a standard for himself. He’s more focused on himself, more focused on the things that he do,” Winston said. “That’s why the guy went 30 for 38 against Duke and just ripped them apart and basically won that game by himself. That’s why every day I come out here to play with my Seminoles because I know we’re going to go out there and fight, we’re going to control our own destiny and we don’t care about nothing else that’s going on outside of this football team.”

Winston’s play never really slipped during the rape investigation, so he has obviously done a tremendous job of remaining focused. If Manziel is part of the reason for that, I guess Seminoles fans should be grateful.

Photo via Instagram/Johnny Manziel

Johnny Manziel’s sister Meri was fed up with a ‘douche Duke fan’

Johnny-Manziel-sisterJohnny Manziel led Texas A&M to a tremendous comeback against Duke in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Tuesday night. His sister Meri was in the stands watching the 52-48 victory, and as you might expect she had to listen to a bunch of people tool on her brother.

There are more than a few thousand people who love to hate Manziel. Duke led 38-17 at halftime, so Blue Devils fans were probably feeling great about their chances of ending Johnny Football’s collegiate career on a sour note. At one point, a Duke fan came dangerously close to catching a knuckle sandwich from Meri.


Manziel and his family got the last laugh, as Johnny made one of the best plays of the year and ended his time with the Aggies in fitting fashion. Watch out, NFL fans — you’re next on Meri’s radar.

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Johnny Manziel bounces off players, throws ridiculous touchdown pass (Video)

Johnny Manziel touchdownWho needs a defense when you have Johnny Manziel?

Johnny Football put together one of the best highlight reel plays of his Texas A&M career during the third quarter of the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Tuesday night. The former Heisman Trophy winner jumped over one Duke defender, into another, bounced off him, scrambled away and found Travis Labhart, who scored a 19-yard touchdown. The TD brought the Aggies back into the game after they were down 38-17 at the half.

Here’s another look at the crazy play:

If you liked that play, you’ll love this one Manziel made against Alabama.

GIFs via @cjzero