Johnny Manziel is well on his way to talking his way out of being drafted #1 overall by the Houston Texans – the question is whether he’s doing so on purpose. Manziel has publicly dared the franchise to select him, stating that they should only do so if everyone from owner Bob McNair down to “the janitor” believes he’s a can’t-miss prospect. While confidence is considered a positive trait for an NFL quarterback, that kind of arrogance – particularly when spoken out loud in public – rarely plays well. Manziel is already known for his cockiness and his aggressive taunting ways toward defenses, which has made him the most divisive quarterback prospect to come out of college this side of Tim Tebow. But is this just a case of Manziel not being able to keep his mouth shut, or is he purposely trying to get the Texans to pass on him so he can land somewhere else?
Houston would seemingly be an ideal landing spot for Manziel. The Texans have a championship caliber defense, one of the top receivers in the game in Andre Johnson, and a wide open quarterback race to replace the displaced Matt Schaub. Most #1 overall picks end up stuck heading to dysfunctional and largely talentless franchises, while quarterbacks who get drafted by contending teams usually have to sit a few years before the quarterback job opens up. In Houston, Johnny Manziel could hit the trifecta of starting right away, contending right away, and having a future hall of hamer to throw the ball to. And that’s on top of getting to remain in his current state of Texas.
And yet Manziel could be trying to get the Texans to pass on him. Maybe he doesn’t believe in their newly hired head coach. Maybe he doesn’t believe their offensive line woes can be fixed in one offseason and he doesn’t want to take the pounding. Or maybe he really does want to get drafted by the Texans, and just doesn’t know how or when to keep his mouth shut.
After years of a fierce defense but a personality-less good but not great quarterback, perhaps the Houston Texans are ready for a cocky firebrand like Johnny Manziel to come in and shake things up. He’d better hope they are, or he could end up talking his way info becoming a lowly Jacksonville Jaguar.