Posted February 14, 2014

Johnny Manziel wants Houston Texans to draft him No. 1 overall

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Johnny Manziel has been working out with quarterback guru in San Diego. (Andy Hayt/Getty Images)

Johnny Manziel has been working out with quarterback guru George Whitfield Jr. in San Diego. (Andy Hayt/Getty Images)

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.”

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48 comments
Anaximenes1
Anaximenes1

manziel---not a championship level QB, but would sell a ton of tickets, jerseys, ads..... houston would make millions from his name

jeff878
jeff878

Would be the best business decision the Texans could make with this draft - number 2 Texan jerseys would sell out - lots of fed-up Cowboy fans would convert (especially Aggie Cowboy fans) - and if things work out, it could be the end game of Jones' grip on professional football in Texas - sweet...

darichee
darichee

Ego,attitude..just like Vince Young and Jamarcus Russel..you go Johnny Football hahahahahah



JakeLucero
JakeLucero

Up to this point, Johnny hasn't done much besides produce some incredible, exciting, clutch football, pretty much week after week.  If TAMU had a defense he mighta coulda won a national championship, but I digress...


Time will tell.  I remember when we watched him play in high school, everyone had the same questions about college.  That was three years ago.


In three years this Texan has grabbed everyone's attention for some reason.  And I don't think it's because he sucks. time will tell

RobertM
RobertM

You all are a bunch of juvenile, losers, and haters. None of you played professional or big college sorts. Most of you never even played big high school sports. Johnny Manziel is a baller. You will see and then be kissing his a** on these very same discussion boards. I remember many of you saying loser stuff about alot of athletes then switching out later. A bunch of losers.

Bearsclone
Bearsclone

If I was a Houston fan I'd be terrified of them taking Manziel 1st overall.  Dude seems like a high risk, without an especially high up side.  I'd like to see Houston take Clowney and have a terrifying rush duo.

pickle
pickle

What a joke. Even if he actually was the top player in the draft (which he is very far from being), the fact that he said this would be a huge warning signal NOT to draft him this high. 

The_truth_hurts
The_truth_hurts

What a narcissistic thing to say. This kid will be selling Doritos from a vender cart very soon. Tebow 2.0.

mickeyphil
mickeyphil

Why would any team use the number one choice to draft a shorter, slower and weaker version of Colin Kaepernick. 

quefabe
quefabe

Manziel is a perennial 90 day rehab resident in waiting.


There is not a team in their right mind that will waste a 1st round pick on him.

That doesn't  mean all 32 teams have GMs in their right minds

dandogwood
dandogwood

Is Manziel even that good? gambling running around needlessly scabbling way to much wild throwsand tons of luck.  I see a career back up if that. Plus Manziel is of questionable character and his conduct is juvenile. both of Manziels parents are morons and inbred hillbillys.

redupont
redupont

Damn, he sure thinks highly of himself!  Is he trying to intimidate the Texans into taking him.  I don't get it, What a chump!

bowieknife5
bowieknife5

Wow!  Did I just read that Johnny Manziel...aka Johnny Football...wants to shed his fan club because he has matured into a fine, upstanding draft recruit just since December 2013?  Golly gee!  I am so NOT impressed with this dumb kid who skips school and becomes just another non-degreed college athlete who wants to tell the NFL club owners to either kiss his skinny a$$  or he will get his moronic family to put out a contract on them.  If this ninny ever grows up, he will likely be a water boy somewhere in Canada.  Let him dance like a donkey and sting like a mosquito.  


jhymas25
jhymas25

I also would like the Texans to draft me No. 1 overall. I don't know many people who wouldn't. The SI story titles are always so illuminating. 

Cool
Cool

I think he makes a good point even if I have never been fond of self per motion comments.  Can you imagine the outrage, by an already angry fan base, if he were to go to Jacksonville and repeatedly beat the Texans?  He would be a sure fire bet to fill the stadium and only a large mass of Texans seeing him fail will ever convince them the owner made a poor decision in drafting him.   This is a "Tebow like" debate where you are danged if you do and danged if you don't. 

bandit74
bandit74

This kid has "Ryan Leaf" written all over him...

SM1
SM1

Would love to hear more about this

MrK_
MrK_

The NFL should come together and agree to not draft him in round one.  Who would want to give this arrogant prick guaranteed money.  

n781lc1
n781lc1

Too bad A&M hasn't had "the Board" since WWII. Manziel would have benefitted from some 'training' by big John Kimbrough, Dooky Pugh and ALL other upperclassmen.

Lots of guys have lots of talent .. few are Mannings .. and he ain't one!

Very old Aggie, '44

JacobJones
JacobJones

The comments are just laughable.. If you think Manziel isn't going first, then you're a fool.. And if you think the Texans shouldn't draft a QB #1, overall, then you're just not paying attention to the division (Andrew Luck).. The Texans absolutely need a trump card to play against Luck, and in that regard, Manziel is the only choice.. Bravado and ego are a plus, in this situation..

bdelander
bdelander

Well, he certainly has an ego the size of Texas

ChadWisnieski
ChadWisnieski

If he has that much confidence ..this young..just imagine what you could mold or build into him..give the boy a chance he couldnt do worse than Matt Schwab

Jon8
Jon8

If ever someone was in need of a good B-slapping, other than The Bieber, it is Manziel!

stagger
stagger

Better get ready to play with that dorito on your shoulder Johnny boy. 'Cause you ain't going first.

Michael39
Michael39

He isn't even one of the top 3 QBs in the draft, much less the top player.

x72
x72

& the world wants Johnny to start using some clearasil. 

esgalan2
esgalan2

@JakeLucero  

Tou are right only time will tell. Truckloads of players who were "incredible, exciting, clutch football, week after week", ended up being disappoinment if not utter failures in the NFL. 

The question is : how will Manziel abilities (and personality" will fit in the NFL ? Will his game survive the BIG test of NFL defense's speed ? Some QB who were wonders when they had an average Of Five Six seconds to throw were total losses when they had to throw in three seconds.

 


The_truth_hurts
The_truth_hurts

@RobertM  Are you his father? Hop off his sack and get him some acne medicine. The kid wont last in the NFL. He will be pummeled on a regular basis.

Joebuckster
Joebuckster

@pickle  Funny - that's pretty much what Manning told the Colts brass when they interviewed him...

kyyled5
kyyled5

@The_truth_hurts Your screen name should be "the truth eludes me". He may not be an NFL stud, but if you want to take bets on whether he can't make a 53 man roster after year 3, I'm all ears...

kyyled5
kyyled5

@mickeyphil Kaep went to Nevada, which is college football Siberia to most fans (and some scouts and personnel types, it would seem)

Matthew W
Matthew W

@mickeyphil  

Manziel might actually move the chains....Kap has a lot of trouble doing that with his arm. 

49er Fan

kyyled5
kyyled5

@MrK_ What you're suggesting is collusion and a crime.

Totally doable though.

But if you think there is even 1 GM who would pass over a guy who he thinks can be a difference maker just to "teach him a lesson", you're nuts...

Bearsclone
Bearsclone

@JacobJones  Even if they take a QB #1, Bridgewater is a higher rated prospect by most scouts and supposed draft experts.


Even the QBs he's compared to as a "best case scenario" like Brees and Wilson weren't taken in the 1st round, because at that size, you're just too much of a risk for the pick.

kyyled5
kyyled5

@JacobJones He's very Texas.

That said, Bridgewater projects as a better pro.

Situation, talent around them, coach, etc will be the difference.

RyanErwin
RyanErwin

@Michael39  Basically no one shares your blinded by aggigiegie hatred opinion...

quefabe
quefabe

@RyanErwin @Michael39  



As of 1 PM EST, He's got 5 "likes"


How many u got and who's the blind guy, again?


PS:  thank you for further dumbing down the definition of "hatred"