Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien always said during the draft process that he was impressed with Johnny Manziel. Even with the outcry of some fans and ESPN’s Jon Gruden, The Texans selected Jadeveon Clowney with the first pick. But when Johnny Manziel started to drop in the draft, the Texans had a chance to make a move.
O’Brien was speaking at a Q&A session at a local high school and was asked if there was debate whether to take Manziel once he started dropping. O’Brien said that the Texans had a vision for the Texans and Manziel didn’t fit that vision.
“No,” O’Brien said to a loud cheer. “Sorry.”
“We spent a lot of time with Johnny (Manziel) and I had great meetings with him,” O’Brien said. “He is a bright guy and I really enjoyed watching him play in college on film and enjoyed talking with him.”
“We have a vision for our football team and we stuck to that vision,” O’Brien. “Every decision we made in the draft we felt led to that vision and we’ll see if that vision turns out the way we believe it will in whatever, a year, two years, three years. It was what we believed in and we stuck with it and we stayed disciplined in the draft and Johnny’s in a great situation in Cleveland.”
Well it seems that O’Brien was intrigued by Manziel but just not enough to move up in the draft. Time will tell if that was the right decision.