Media coverage of the NFL draft is at frenzy level this week as all of America awaits the future of the sport via Thursday’s draft. With respect to the professional future of Johnny Manziel, Bleacher Report has daily reports, some good and some less so, about Manziel’s potential future football home. If you’re a Texas Aggie, the sky’s the limit and alumni projections rate him as a first round draft pick leading the way. On May 5, 2014, Bleacher Report offered “the one signal-caller who seems like an increasingly safe bet to be a top pick, however, is Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel." But their journalists don’t have him sticking around the Lone Star State.
Dan Hope, Bleacher Report columnist noted, “The most likely destination for Manziel might be the Cleveland Browns, who hold the No. 4 overall pick in this year’s draft. The Jacksonville Jaguars (selecting No. 3 overall), Oakland Raiders (No. 5), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (No. 7) and Minnesota Vikings (No. 8) could also be potential landing spots within the top 10.” How do Aggies feel about that? Not very happy.
But, Aggies who love Johnny Football ignore such stories. On May 1, Bleacher Report noted that “Dallas Cowboy Fans Are Already Ordering Custom Johnny Manziel Jerseys,” which is exciting to everyone except Houston Texans fans, because it’s still the fervent hope over there that Manziel will be coming their way.
Tony Buzbee, affluent Houston-based attorney, Texas Aggie booster and Texas A&M University Regent opened his heart, and his personal resources, to launch freeway billboards, and a website, you guessed it, www.draftjohnnymanziel.com, in case anyone in the Texans office might be thinking about looking to let Johnny Football live outside Harris County.
Given Manziel’s Texas roots and overwhelming popularity in the state, either Dallas or Houston could be guaranteed to sell out the stadiums come fall, simply by signing him. No matter whatever journalists opine, speculate and postulate, it will be all over but the shouting about 8 p.m. on Thursday night.
If you’re a Houston Texans fan and a Johnny Football fan, and you can make to Houston on NFL Draft night, check out the “Draft Manziel” website and follow the three-step process to attend the NFL Draft Party at Hughes Hangar at 2811 Washington Avenue. The invitation notes, “The Houston Texans will make the first round pick shortly after 7 p.m., so come early and help us cheer on Johnny Manziel. You must be on the RSVP list to get in, so don’t delay; act today as it’s must-see NFL TV.