I know a lot of readers on here hate the Houston Chronicle and some of their writers for certain (John McClain). I am not sure how you feel about Jerome Solomon but I thought that he wrote an interesting piece about Johnny Manziel and his case for the Texans taking him.
"Whether they buck what is certain to be general perception (more on that in a bit) and take Manziel at No. 1 or No. 2, or trade down and take him later, my Christmas wish – after the obligatory peace on earth and no ugly sweaters or ties – is for the roof at Reliant Stadium to open on Johnny Football’s debut next September. On occasion, the right person falls in line with the right team. If that team makes the smart call, its fortune changes for the better. This is such a case. Think Broadway Joe Namath and the New York Jets." ~ Jerome Solomon
He goes on to say:
"Should the Texans make a move for a player like Manziel, it would indicate less a change in overall philosophy than a shift in willingness to make the face of the franchise a person with flair. It is time for the Texans to stop taking the believed-to-be safe route at the team’s most important position. Stop being boring. The Texans need a new leader. A bold leader. One with the heart to get it done and the ability to inspire others."
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I agree with the fact that the Texans have played the play it safe route since their expansion into the league. Obviously the way things are going now maybe they do need to change their philosophy a little bit. I am still on the fence about taking a guy like Manziel but I am not entirely against it, as I think most readers are. From what I have seen of Johnny Manziel, I know that he is a hard worker, none of his teammates have talked bad about him all year, he is very mobile, has a very good arm, stands tall (all 6 feet of him) in the pocket, and seems to have the accuracy down pretty well. The one thing that I think that he needs to work on is not turning the football over by just throwing it and hoping his receiver comes up with the ball. Another thing that I have to agree with Solomon on is that he has the flair. I think he has much more flair than any other player in the draft, including Teddy Bridgewater. Maybe Manziel could be the Texan’s Joe Namath…you won’t know unless you try.