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Houston, we have a problem...or do we?

Houston Coach Bill O'Brien addresses the media
Houston Coach Bill O'Brien addresses the media
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Over the last few weeks scouts and analysts have been debating who should be taken first overall by the Houston Texans in the 2014 NFL draft. Amongst the players being discussed, Johnny Manziel is by far the most polarizing. According to Sports Illustrated on March 24 new Texans head coach Bill O'brien said “I don’t think there’s any question we’ll draft a quarterback. Where we’ll draft that quarterback, I don’t think we know that yet. We’re still in the process of studying all these prospects and in the process of putting a grade on them and trying to place them where they’ll be in the draft.”

After opening the 2013 season as legit playoff contenders, the dismal season they had actually has the Houston Texans in an interesting situation come the draft in May. They have the number one overall pick due to their horrendous season they had last year. The Texans were 2-14 last season, an absolute bust. They have the luxury of either taking former Heisman trophy winning quarterback Johnny Manziel better known as “Johnny Football” (and yes it's trademarked) or a defensive game changer like Jadeveon Clowney from the University of South Carolina or Khalil Mack from the University of Buffalo.

Manziel could possibly bring life to an offense who, last season under the combination of Matt Schaub and Case Keenum, got absolutely nothing accomplished. It was so bad that Schaub actually set a record for throwing an interception for a touchdown in four consecutive games. A local Houston sandwich shop famously named a burger the “Pick Six” after Schaub's pitiful record. “Johnny Football” could also bring some much needed swagger to an organization that could use a jolt.

On the other hand you have a prospect like Clowney who is a physical freak of nature at 6”6 265 lbs and can run a 4.53 40-yard dash. Imagine him teamed with All Pro defensive lineman JJ Watt and that could be a defense for the ages. The Texans have an interesting decision to make and they are on the clock.