According to a report from Sports on Earth, the Houston Texans are “initially leaning” toward taking either Johnny Manziel or Blake Bortles with the No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming 2014 NFL Draft.
The Texans haven’t been shy about their desire to find themselves a new quarterback heading into next season, after Matt Schaub and Case Keenum spared everyone to death during Houston’s miserable 2-14 2013 season.
Obviously, things like this should be taken with a grain of salt, considering it’s the first week of February and night one of the draft isn’t until early May. But there also isn’t a whole lot else going on football-wise at the moment, so here we are writing about it.
Manziel would obviously be the popular choice among Texans fans, considering he’s a native of the state and went to school about an hour-and-a-half from H-Town. The report states that new head coach Bill O’Brien is (predictably) wary of Manziel’s off-the-field shenanigans in the past, but the upside is highly tantalizing. The team’s owner, Bob McNair, is said to be on the side of taking Manziel.
Bortles is the more prototypical NFL prospect, a big, strong-armed passer that also played under George O’Leary at Central Florida. O’Brien was mentored by O’Leary upon initially getting into coaching, according to Houston radio host/draft guru Lance Zierlein. He’s likely the “safer” of the two, considering concerns over Manziel’s size and the frantic style of play that isn’t really conducive to long-term health on the football field.
It wouldn’t really make sense for the Texans to have already narrowed their choices down to just two players with three months still to go prior to draft night, especially considering pre-draft workouts haven’t even taken place yet. Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater is another name that surely figures to be involved in Houston’s deliberations, as is South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney.