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Why the Texans won't take Johnny Football

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07:28 AM ET 01.28 | What are the odds that former Texas A&M star quarterback Johnny Manziel would go No. 1 overall? I'll save you the suspense. He won't be [Bill O'Brien] first pick as coach of the Texans. To start, Manziel simply doesn't fit the ideal mold O'Brien needs for his system. The former Penn State coach was on the Patriots' coaching staff for four seasons, working with one of the best pocket quarterbacks in NFL history. ... Keep in mind O'Brien basically had his choice of many head coaching jobs open this year. He wasn't going to rush into an organization that wouldn't give him what he needed -- especially as it relates to personnel. He won't have final say on roster decisions, but wouldn't have taken the Texans job if he wasn't guaranteed the option to hand-pick his quarterback.

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January 28, 2014  07:41 AM ET

So they will pass, what else is new?

January 28, 2014  07:45 AM ET

The Texans are built for a pocket passer... Jacksonville is built for Johny Football.

January 28, 2014  08:18 AM ET

The Rams picking in the second position will probably trade that pick and give some team the opportunity to draft Manziel if they want to.

January 28, 2014  08:31 AM ET

He's small.

January 28, 2014  08:45 AM ET

Not to mention, picking Manziel is too risky... the new regime is looking for a safer pick

January 28, 2014  08:56 AM ET

The ghost of David Carr....

January 28, 2014  09:21 AM ET

Athletic QB + injury = disaster. Like RGIII, Manziel will get injured in the NFL. O'Brien is wise to look for pocket passing QB.

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January 28, 2014  09:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

The Rams picking in the second position will probably trade that pick and give some team the opportunity to draft Manziel if they want to.

I think if he drops to Dallas they will take him. Oakland might take him.

January 28, 2014  09:54 AM ET

He's just not worthy of the #1 overall pick. Take a lineman.

January 28, 2014  09:55 AM ET

The defenses around the league are licking their chops waiting for this guy.

January 28, 2014  09:58 AM ET
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I think if he drops to Dallas they will take him. Oakland might take him.

still wouldn't surprise me if JJ trades up to the Rams pick.

January 28, 2014  10:00 AM ET

His stature is not what bothers me but it is his maturity. If the guy could barely handle being a Heisman winner, I would have serious worries about his ability to handle being a #1 pick and/or his ability to lead a NFL. We shall see.

January 28, 2014  10:18 AM ET

Ryan Leaf #2????

January 28, 2014  10:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Athletic QB + injury = disaster. Like RGIII, Manziel will get injured in the NFL. O'Brien is wise to look for pocket passing QB.

This, the runnng QB's get broken too fast, it's not worth the investment.

January 28, 2014  10:29 AM ET
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still wouldn't surprise me if JJ trades up to the Rams pick.

True, if Houston bypasses Clowney St. Louis might have to skip him also because there is no need for him on their roster. So yes I could see Jones trading up for Clowney or Barr.

January 28, 2014  10:33 AM ET

I think Houston goes defense with the #1 pick and waits for a QB in the second round.

January 28, 2014  10:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

True, if Houston bypasses Clowney St. Louis might have to skip him also because there is no need for him on their roster. So yes I could see Jones trading up for Clowney or Barr.

If they trade up it would be to take Manziel. Romo has had 2 back surgeries in a year. Despite all the positive spin from Jerry on how well he is doing it's still a great unknown what he will be able to do once he gets back on the field.

January 28, 2014  10:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

His stature is not what bothers me but it is his maturity. If the guy could barely handle being a Heisman winner, I would have serious worries about his ability to handle being a #1 pick and/or his ability to lead a NFL. We shall see.

The thing many seem to look over is that no matter what was being said about him off the field and no matter what controversy was swirling around.. when he got on the field... he was Johnny Football and you would have never guessed he had any worries. That is maturity.

 
January 28, 2014  10:48 AM ET

There's was an article on the Steelers' SI homepage today about the Texans interest in trading for Ben R. If the Steelers take anything less than 2 First Round picks + at least one later round pick they are nuts and I don't think the Rooneys are nuts. I think that even if they got a very high return for trading Ben the Steelers would be crazy to do so at this point in his career given his early 30's age.

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