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.

24 responses to “Johnny Manziel, Jadeveon Clowney visit the Texans

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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?

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

  9. 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?!?!?

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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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