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Johnny Manziel, Jadeveon Clowney visit the Texans

It’s a big day in Houston, as the Texans are hosting two players they’ll consider drafting with the first overall pick.

Former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and former South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney are both in Houston for visits today, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Manziel appears to be a long shot for the first overall pick. His scrambling, improvising style doesn’t appear to be a great fit for Houston coach Bill O’Brien’s offense, and the closer we get to the draft, the more it appears that the Texans do not plan to take any quarterback first overall.

Clowney has long been viewed as the most talented player in this year’s draft and one of the most talented players to enter the NFL in many years. However, Texans General Manager Rick Smith reportedly prefers Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack to Clowney.

But the Texans still have 17 days left to decide, and from all indications their minds are not made up. Which means Manziel and Clowney still have a chance to sell themselves to the team with the top pick.

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24 Responses to “Johnny Manziel, Jadeveon Clowney visit the Texans”
  1. freddypatsfan says: Apr 21, 2014 12:04 PM

    Clowney and Mack are the best picks for the Texans, No need to reach for these QB’s nothing special. just grab Carr with the 33rd

  2. wayneflores says: Apr 21, 2014 12:14 PM

    Clooney is going first. Raiders need Johnny Football, but unless they move up, they won’t get him. Word in Raiderville is they will trade down or get a Receiver. Last year Reggie recruited out of a hospital ward.

  3. dolphinfan17 says: Apr 21, 2014 12:24 PM

    No one saw this coming! (sarcastic voice)

  4. zoxitic says: Apr 21, 2014 12:25 PM

    The Texans were supposed to be in the superbowl last year.

  5. lonespeed says: Apr 21, 2014 12:28 PM

    Both Clowney and Manziel have a high degree of bust potential. Clowney for lack of work ethic and Manziel for attitude / size.

    I would go with a safer pick that might not have the potential. Build a team around the team concept rather than the superstar concept.

  6. trollhammer20 says: Apr 21, 2014 12:30 PM

    They could spice up pre-draft hype by having them participate in Thunderdome. Two man enter, one man leave.

  7. qdog112 says: Apr 21, 2014 12:39 PM

    Please take Johnny.

  8. ravenswhat says: Apr 21, 2014 12:42 PM

    If you’re the GM and you pass on Clowney and he fulfills the hype? You’re out of a Job regardless of who you pick.

  9. chunkderrrty says: Apr 21, 2014 1:00 PM

    I wonder if all this extra time will make a lot of teams over think themselves.

  10. wannabear says: Apr 21, 2014 1:04 PM

    But what if he didn’t fulfil the hype, does the GM gets a promotion for not drafting clowney?

  11. lennydpocketqb says: Apr 21, 2014 1:04 PM

    One thing is for sure… Somehow the Patriots will scam 13 picks out of two teams.

  12. johnnyjagfan says: Apr 21, 2014 1:05 PM

    No matter what the Texans do, they’ll screw it up.

    Carr is a name that won’t be heard during the draft from Houston. Rest assured.

  13. bobzilla1001 says: Apr 21, 2014 1:12 PM

    The Texans are one year removed from a 13-3 season. Matt Schaub was their quarterback but they won with one of the best defenses in the league. Replenish that 2012 defense this season (with Clowney, Watt and Cushing) and it won’t matter who quarterbacks.
    Teams that have won with defense (the Seahawks, the Giants, the Steelers and the Ravens) didn’t need QBs who threw 45 TD passes a season.
    The NFL is a defensive-driven league.

  14. greymares says: Apr 21, 2014 1:19 PM

    Texans will trade #1

  15. mazenblue says: Apr 21, 2014 1:25 PM

    The folks talking about passing on Clowney and then what happens if he lives up to the hype. Didnt yall get rid of Mario Williams? What was that all about. Now you want to get another DE at number one. Remeber J Russell. Thats what happens when you draft out of spite. Pass on the trouble and draft a QB or protection. Clowney tho. Seriously? This is a recurring joke and I get it.

  16. mazenblue says: Apr 21, 2014 1:27 PM

    The NFL is a pass driven league. And defenses adjust to that. Not the other way around. ^^^ whoever thinks that up there.

  17. waldoampere says: Apr 21, 2014 1:34 PM

    If you draft Clowney and he busts, everyone blames Clowney for not living up to his potential. Draft Mack and he busts and everyone says why did you draft someone from the University of Buffalo?

  18. gomez1279 says: Apr 21, 2014 1:50 PM

    The Texans can’t pass on Manziel, he is a playmaker that has tons heart ( IT FACTOR ). Plus you have a Head coach that can guide him in the right path. I have never see a player to receive so much Support from current and former super stars. I know he has tons of hype but he has provided he can do amazing things. Think if he stayed for one more year and improves , he would be a lock at 1st. But he saw the opportunity to play with the Texans so he entered the Draft. Now I like the idea of getting a beast at defense to team up with JJ Watt. I would trade my 2nd and 3rd round picks to move up to take Khalil Mack.
    Remember My Texans have 11 picks, they can get creative here. This is not a rebuilding season!

  19. ragnarthemagnificent says: Apr 21, 2014 2:23 PM

    They should just have Jadeveon chase Johnny around and see who looks better. Too bad the Texans aren’t smart enough to draft Johnny, he’s going to look great in a Viking uni.

  20. htowntexan says: Apr 21, 2014 2:27 PM

    it would be tough to pass up on a guy that 3.5 sacks last year and whose head coach thinks his work ethic is sub par. . . . how is clowney still even in the conversation?!?!?

  21. harveyredman says: Apr 21, 2014 2:35 PM

    Any team that takes any of these “so-so” QB’s first round is a fool.

    Take the highest rated players first round, and grab one of the 7 or 8 project QB’s 2nd round.

  22. 23chameleons says: Apr 21, 2014 2:39 PM

    While I’ll say the Texans have some flexibility due to 11 draft picks and more than 1 starting position need (QB, DE, DT, OLB, RT/G, slot WR), I certainly wouldn’t say they can “get creative”. Thinking you’re the smartest guy in the room is the surest way to be proven wrong. Clowney and Watt can help mask the lack of a difference maker at OLB and possibly DT. With the same talent level expected to be available in round 2 at the QB position, it only makes sense to go Clowney (if you keep the 1st pick) or Mack if you trade back a few spots.

  23. 8to80texansblog says: Apr 21, 2014 4:04 PM

    My guess is neither of these guys is the Texans pick.

    I’m betting on either a trade down or
    worst case scenario… they draft Bortles #1.

  24. rascandal says: Apr 21, 2014 7:04 PM

    I don’t believe Johnny will go #1, but I’ll tell you what….everyone that passes on him is gonna be kicking themselves silly.

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