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Houston Texans News: March 31, 2014

Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Monday, March 31, 2014.

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Houston Texans News

Jerry Rice: 'No-brainer' for Texans to take Johnny Manziel with top pick -
Jerry Rice thinks Houston should keep Johnny Manziel in Texas. The Hall of Fame wide receiver even compared Johnny Football to Steve Young.

Warner: Jadeveon Clowney over Johnny Manziel as Texans' pick -
Johnny Manziel erased several doubts with his pro day performance, but Kurt Warner said enough still exist that the Texans shouldn't risk taking him with the No. 1 pick.

Johnny Manziel isn't Texans coach Bill O'Brien's kind of player - NFL - Sporting News
Get the latest NFL news, video updates, scores, schedules, standings and more on Sporting News.

Report: Texans trying hard to trade first-overall draft pick -
It was only a matter of time, really. The Texans hold the first-overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft and according to a report, the team is interested in trading down.

Houston Texans reportedly trying to trade No. 1 pick -
The Texans reportedly are "trying hard" to deal the No. 1 overall pick, and the Bills might be in the mix. Will Commissioner Roger Goodell announce a different team's name to open the NFL draft?

Texans Mock Draft Survey 6.0
With just over a month from the start of the 2014 NFL Draft, we've updated our mock draft survey to find out the favorite to be selected by the Texans with the No. 1 overall pick.

Danieal Manning of Houston Texans asked to take pay cut - ESPN
Texans starting safety Danieal Manning has been asked to restructure his contract, a move that would reduce his salary and salary cap number to allow him to stay with the team, a source said.

Ultimate Texans " Former Aggies RB Michael taking autistic teen to prom
Former Aggies RB Michael taking autistic teen to prom.

Around the League

Dan Snyder's latest cigar store Indian -
Last year, Dan Snyder found an Indian chief who was neither a chief nor an Indian to endorse his NFL team's nickname. This time, he found a guy who swindled the Bureau of Indian Affairs out of $1 million to run his Original Americans Foundation.

SB Nation selects... Chris Mortensen's mustache -
Chris Mortensen sported a new mustache in 1991. It was an interesting look.

Johnny Manziel pro day: A contagious ridiculousness -
The sports world held still on Thursday, as Manziel threw footballs while being chased by a grown man carrying a broom. The surreal experience that was "Johnny Day," quickly evolved from a job interview to the biggest weekday party in recent memory.

First to worst: Which NFL teams got better in free agency? -
The bulk of the free agent dealings are done. And what better way to gauge their impact than by ranking how each team did? Jason Chilton takes a look at the teams that improved the most and those still needing some help.

Eagles missed all the warning signs about DeSean Jackson -
The Eagles buried their head in the sand for too long with Jackson, and now they've got (ostrich) egg on their faces.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Appel strong in Astros' win over Rojos del Águila de Veracruz - The Crawfish Boxes
Appel, Correa, and Springer in the lineup today; Astros win final exhibition game before Opening Day.

Losing Patrick Beverley Isn't the Be All and End All - The Dream Shake
A critical look at the impact of losing Patrick Beverley and it's impact on the Rockets' regular season and playoff aspirations. Just how much does Patrick Beverley, standing alone, matter?

Red Raider Gridiron | Midland Scrimmage Recap - Viva The Matadors
The Texas Tech football team headed south to scrimmage in Midland, including the stand-out performances of Davis Webb and D.J. Polite Bray.

Sunday DBR: Elite - Our Daily Bears
The Lady Bears laid a whoopin' on Kentucky to advance to the Elite Eight. Speedster Trayvon Bromell tied the junior world record in the 100-meter dash with an elite time of 10.01.

Off The Wood comics #5: A Quiet Place - Good Bull Hunting
Studying is hard.

#TTTQ Tweet of the Night

Last night's question from @battleredblog was - The worst draft pick the #Texans ever made was _________. #TTTQ