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O'Brien isn't sold on Manziel

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07:31 AM ET 02.05 | There's a new sheriff in town, and his name is Bill O'Brien. O'Brien brings fresh blood and ideas to a team that had become stale and predictable. While many point to injuries as the reason for the Texans drop-off, the reality is that every team suffers injuries. ... While the Texans have only $6,100,000 in cap space, cutting Matt Schaub is no done deal: they will wait until they feel 100-percent confident in one of the quarterbacks available with the first overall pick. According to trusted sources, the Texans are initially leaning towards taking either Blake Bortles or Johnny Manziel with the top pick. Although Manziel would obviously be the choice of owner Bob McNair, O'Brien is not sold that Manziel possesses the work ethic and intangibles necessary to be the face of a franchise.

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February 5, 2014  08:08 AM ET

The only team picking in the top five who needs Manziel to fill empty holes in the stands is Jacksonville. If I am the Texans I would take someone like Bortles as a under study to Schaub for the 14 season and go from there.

February 5, 2014  08:19 AM ET

if they are looking for a new russell wilson this kid aint it! Wilson came in with in the league with a level of maturity that oozed a "leader of men". this kid not so much

February 5, 2014  08:31 AM ET

If they thought he was a pain at A&M, just let him be the first pick..

February 5, 2014  08:49 AM ET

Johnny Football will find a home (Cleveland) somewhere in the first round.

February 5, 2014  08:52 AM ET

If Bridgewater and Bortles are gone, Manziel won't get past Minnesota in the draft.

February 5, 2014  09:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

If they thought he was a pain at A&M, just let him be the first pick..

Amen...

February 5, 2014  09:11 AM ET

With Manziel, what you see is what you get. He's already established his M.O. at A&M. IMO, not worth a roll of the dice if you have the first pick. Assuming he attends, and I think that's a stretch, it'll be interesting to see how he fares at the combine.

February 5, 2014  09:14 AM ET

Why are the Texans so silent on Bridgewater?

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February 5, 2014  09:33 AM ET

The Texans avoided this trap a few years ago when they didn't draft VY or Bush and instead went with the solid defensive player. We'll see if they can avoid the trap again. Trade the pick to Cleveland or someone like that for their #1's this year and next. You'll be guaranteed 2 top five first round picks.

February 5, 2014  09:34 AM ET

Now is when all his stupid BS antics last off season cost him millions. See Ryan Mallet.

February 5, 2014  09:35 AM ET
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Why are the Texans so silent on Bridgewater?

Actually most mocks now have him slipping big time. Not just the Texans. He's gonna have to have a great pro day, and at least run at the combine.

February 5, 2014  09:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

The Texans avoided this trap a few years ago when they didn't draft VY or Bush and instead went with the solid defensive player. We'll see if they can avoid the trap again. Trade the pick to Cleveland or someone like that for their #1's this year and next. You'll be guaranteed 2 top five first round picks.

This is exactly what I feel will happen. Cleveland seems like a team dumb enough to trade up to get a QB (Bridgewater if they are smart). Land another QB slightly further down the board and score a bunch of assets to load their roster down the road.

February 5, 2014  09:44 AM ET

Mansfield is one sack from being done! Too small and not a pocket passer who can see over 6'6" linemen. You cannot runs printouts as a habit in the NFL and only attack half the field. Defenses are too good.

February 5, 2014  09:45 AM ET

Manziel

February 5, 2014  09:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

With Manziel, what you see is what you get. He's already established his M.O. at A&M. IMO, not worth a roll of the dice if you have the first pick. Assuming he attends, and I think that's a stretch, it'll be interesting to see how he fares at the combine.

He's not the kind of guy willing to share the spot light so I would be surprised if he is at the combine. He'll most likely do one of those dog and pony shows on campus.

February 5, 2014  09:54 AM ET

Manziel is an interesting draft choice. Obviously talented, but just as obviously immature.
If he grows up he can be a great draft pick; if not it is unlikely he will gain team respect and be able to lead.
Which team will bet a first round pick on him maturing--quickly? Not Bill O'Brien apparently.

February 5, 2014  10:02 AM ET

Was 2013 an aberration for Schaub? We don't see the NYG's having a fire sale after Eli Mannings terrible season.

 
February 5, 2014  10:12 AM ET
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Was 2013 an aberration for Schaub? We don't see the NYG's having a fire sale after Eli Mannings terrible season.

This is why I think they bait a team into trading into the top spot and taking another QB down the road while loading up on other talent on the board.

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