Johnny Manziel wants Houston Texans to draft him No. 1 overall
Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel told reporters he wants the Houston Texans to draft him with the first overall pick and warned the franchise that doing otherwise would be the worst mistake it ever made.
While working through a nine-hour day with his personal quarterback coach, George Whitfield Jr., Manziel said he wants the entire Texans organization — from janitor to owner Bob McNair — to recognize that he’s a “100 percent, can’t miss” prospect who wants to play in his native state.
From John McClain of the Houston Chronicle:
“I want them to say absolutely, without a doubt, with 100 percent certainty, that I’m who they want,” Manziel says later to reporters from the Houston Chronicle and Fort Worth Star-Telegram who are watching his workouts with Whitfield.
“I want everybody from the janitor at Reliant Stadium to the front office executive assistant all the way up to (owner) Bob McNair to say, ‘This kid is 100 percent, can’t miss. This is who we want being the face of our program. We want the Texas kid staying in Texas and leading the Texans.’”
What if the Texans decided that quarterback wasn’t their biggest need, or that Manziel wasn’t the pick of this draft’s quarterback litter? What if he fell to AFC South rival Jacksonville at No.3? Manziel didn’t mince words on how that scenario would play out:
“It would be the worst decision they’ve ever made,” he says, smiling. “I’d be in the same division playing against them twice a year. Sorry, but you just turned that chip on my shoulder from a Frito into a Dorito.”
Manziel admitted that he’s trying to distance himself from his legendary “Johnny Football” persona that carries some off-the-field baggage including underage drinking and an NCAA probe. Manziel said he’ll be totally accountable to NFL teams that raise the question during pre-draft interviews.
“I was a kid who made some goofball decisions,” he says. “That’s been part of my journey. Maybe it’s part of the whole Johnny Football deal that I’m trying to get away from. I’m trying to show people I’ve grown up, and I’ve learned from my experiences. I feel like you’re a stupid person if you continue to make the same wrong decisions.
“I don’t want to hear, ‘Oh, anybody in his situation would have been doing the same thing.’ I’m 100 percent responsible for my actions.”