Manziel reiterates desire to improve amid questions over worth ethic.
NFL prospect Johnny Manziel believes that teams will regret not picking him as he continues to be scrutinised ahead of the NFL Draft 2014.
The former Texas A&M star has no idea which team will likely select him on the eve of the first round in New York, but is convinced that those which don’t will regret a missed opportunity.
Manziel has been projected as a top-10 pick and is confident that he has done enough on the field to convince teams of his ability and alleviate concerns over his personality and his focus on becoming a better player.
“I believe they will, personally,” he said Wednesday, as reported by ESPN.
“I know in my heart how good I want to be and how committed I am to this game.”
The 2012 Heisman Trophy winner insisted several times during the interview that he just wants to get back to playing football again as experts and former players and coaches continue to question how well he will handle the transition into the NFL.
The quarterback insists that he did some great things in college but wants to be better as he makes the step up to the big league, and he also believes that through interview processes with interested teams, he has proven to them that he cares more about the football aspects rather than the celebrity lifestyle.
“[Teams] have been getting to know me on a more personal level, and I’ve answered every question, anything they’ve wanted to hear from me — so there’s nothing for me to hide,” he said. “I don’t think it’s wrong of me to enjoy my life and have fun. But throughout this whole process, I’ve continued to work hard and do that thing I need to do to become a better player.”
Manziel has been linked to the Cleveland Browns who own the fourth and 26th picks, and after a positive meeting with coach Mike Pettine, Manziel believes it would be great to play in Cleveland, but knows that many of the teams are still holding their cards close to their chests for now.