NFL Mock Draft: John Football or Clowney No. 1 overall?

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

Today we begin our mock draft season, going team-by-team analyzing needs and predicting who will land where in the first round.

The Houston Texans possess the first overall pick in this May’s NFL Draft.  New head coach Bill O’Brien takes over a team that lost 14 consecutive games to close out the 2013 season, so it’s safe to say they need a shot in the arm as they start over in 2014.

Major Needs: QB, rush LB, ILB, CB, TE
Picks (11): The Texans own the first pick in each of the draft’s seven rounds, three compensatory picks (one in Rd 4, two in Rd 6) and a 6th round pick obtained from the Raiders.

The Texans have loads of talented players and are in position to add to that core. With 11 selections they have tons of latitude. What they don’t have is a “must-watch” presence that gives them national appeal. This draft could change that.

If I were the Texans…I would take Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel with the first overall pick.

Here’s why: Manziel could either be the next great player in this league or a marginal player who does not factor in any team’s success. I say he’s destined for somewhere in the middle. Manziel brings electricity, notoriety and interest to any franchise that needs an identity and a bigger following. Houston is the perfect place for him. Everything is bigger in Texas, and what better way to make a splash than to hire the most famous sports figure in the state. They have 1o picks after him to fill in some other blanks.

Manziel is worth the first pick for the marketing aspect alone. He looks to be at least as talented as Seattle’s Russell Wilson and brings those same intangibles and excitement to the table. Yes, he’s unpredictable and unconventional, but when he’s on the field, things happen. Last I checked, that’s what this business is all about.

The reality is…if the Texans stay put, they’ll probably select South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney. It’s hard to call the selection of Clowney unexciting, but the Texans passing on Manziel is a missed opportunity for the NFL. Taking Clowney would solve a need, however, and give them another top-notch pass-rusher to go with J.J. Watt.

Next up: St. Louis




9 comments
Jesse Michael Schrage
Jesse Michael Schrage

Uhhh, here's why you don't take Maziel with the 1st pick..... " I say he’s destined for somewhere in the middle." You don't drat a player for marketing, that is ridiculous!

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

John,

Have to respectfully disagree with you on this one. Taking Manziel with the 1st overall pick would be committing mass suicide for the Texans. Especially when a player like Clowney is available. The separation of talent between Clowney and Manziel is night and day. As you mentioned, the Texans will have 11 picks and if they are wise, select Clowney 1st overall and then draft a QB with their 2nd pick in round 2. plenty to choose from as Bridgewater could slip down into the 2nd round along with Garoppolo and Mettenberger. If Manziel or even Bortles was rated closer to Clowney, then I would consider it. However; the separation is too much and passing on Clowney would be a huge mistake

mcfly
mcfly

If the Texans want to play it safe they take Mack. If they want potential take Clowney.

The problem is, they don't need those players - they desperately need a QB. They are one player away from being a championship contender, but QB is the hardest one to find.

Manziel is a boom or bust player. I don't think they can afford to take a risk like that at #1, even if it's the one position they need.

cole3244
cole3244

imo manziel is just a white michael vick whose success comes mostly off of broken plays which i don't believe translates to the nfl where you need a disciplined o to be successful. 

vick has proven this throughout his career and i believe manziel will be just another version of him with the added baggage of being a self centered individual who places himself before teammates and team.

jaymanjay
jaymanjay

Hey John


Nice arguments for taking Manziel.  However, these same argument could have been made for Tebow too and look how that turned out.  I know Manziel has much more upside than Tebow. but he has that same marketing intangibles argument that spell serious caution.   Drafting a guy for Marketing purposes is a good way to get fired.  


I also do not like the comparison to Wilson.  Wilson fell because of his height.  If wilson was 6"5 he probably goes top 10 in that draft.  Wilson's QB IQ is unbelievable and I could less about Wonderlic scores.  


The fact is if the Texans really want to take the best player in the draft you take Khalil Mack.  

John Fennelly
John Fennelly

@Michael Stewart  Just putting it out there. I closed by saying they will take Clowney, but taking Manziel would spice things up for Houston.

jaymanjay
jaymanjay

@cole3244  funny thing is Manziel is not even half the prospect Vick is.  Vick was a super athlete remember Vick beat Mcoy in a 40 yard dash just last season. Vick was a freak and had a cannon arm as well. Manziel is fast but not that fast Andrew Luck proved faster.  Manziel is a lot of hype and not as many physical tools as the hype suggests.  To me when you listen to the type of praise he gets  "he's a gamer" "he just knows how to win"  "He has instincts"  it really reminds me a lot of Tebow and I would not burn a 1st on a guy who fair or unfair sounds like a more accurate throwing Tebow.

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

@jaymanjay Purely based on overall ability, Mack is at the top this years list. Unfortunately; the Texan will not draft Mack; at least I don't see that happening.