The team has a number of holes to fill, and the speculation has gone centered around a number of different players. They could take a quarterback like Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel. They could try and bolster their defense with South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney, who is excited at the prospect of being the top choice.
“My life is about to change. I’m ready to go to work,” Clowney said in New York on Wednesday.
No player has been the subject of more rumors than Manziel, the 2012 Heisman winner. He could wind up going in the top five selections. Some think he might fall further down in the first round. Some experts think he’ll be a hit in the NFL, and some think the chances of him becoming a superstar in the league aren’t very good. Manziel is trying not to pay attention to all of the rumors.
“There are higher powers out there that control my fate. There are some things you just can’t control in football,” Manziel told reporters in New York.
Manziel may be the sentimental favorite given that he’s a native son of Texas. Even Mayor Annise Parker came out and said she hoped the Texans would keep Johnny in the state.
But some of the experts, like former NFL GM Phil Savage, who is now the Executive Director of the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, wouldn’t use the pick on Manziel. He’d also take a pass on Clowney. His choice would be Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack.
“They can do more with him and the players that are in place than they can with Jadeveon Clowney,” Savage told KTRH.
Savage thinks it comes down to fit, and Mack is easier to drop into the Texans’ defense than Clowney is.
“He’s got a lot of upside. He’s an edge rusher in a division with Andrew Luck and others,” Savage said, explaining why he’d go with Mack over Clowney.
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