by Aaron Wilson
May 08, 02014
Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel says NFL teams will regret it if they pass on him in the draft.
"I believe they will personally," Manziel told reporters in New York. "Because I know in my heart how good I want to be and how committed I am to this game. I've tried to show them how committed I am to this game and how much this is really my life. This is what I've loved doing for a very long time now.
"I just wouldn't be able to sleep or just live with myself if things didn't go the way I wanted. And you never know, there's some things you just can't control in football., but I know I'm not going to go through this process and look back at it and say I wasn't successful because I didn't put in enough time or put in enough effort."
Manziel is a former Heisman Trophy winner who has faced concerns about his fun-loving personality that has included, at least in the past, a love for the nightlife.
"I think I've done a great job of alleviating concerns of these guys, them getting to know me on a more personal level," Manziel said. "And I've answered every question, anything they wanted to hear from me. So there's nothing for me to hide.
"I don't think it's wrong of me to enjoy my life and have fun. Throughout this whole process I've continued to work hard and do the things I need to do to try and become a better football player. That's the main thing. I'm not getting to this level to be complacent."
Ideally, Manziel would go first overall to the Houston Texans or wind up with the Dallas Cowboys to remain in his home state of Texas.
"For me, it would obviously be a great deal to go No. 1 overall, but that's in their hands, it's out of my control," Manziel said. "I haven't been told anything. All these teams, they're keeping their cards really close."
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun