Rick Smith: Texans not pressured to take Manziel

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by Brent Sobleski / USA Today Sports

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Posted on February 21, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 24 at 7:28 PM

Johnny Manziel is already a legend in the state of Texas. Despite that fact, it will have no bearing on how the Houston Texans spend the No. 1 overall pick in May’s NFL draft, according to Texans general manager Rick Smith.

The Texans’ fan base is already clamoring for the man known as “Johnny Football.” A billboard was posted to support the selection of Manziel. Texans’ fans can visit draftjohnnymanziel.com and sign a petition to have the team draft Manziel. And Texans’ ownership is apparently quite fond of Manziel.

Despite the public outpouring, Texans’ owner Bob McNair has always been able to separate business from personal feelings. In 2006, the Texans selected Mario Williams No. 1 overall. They did so despite the general perception Reggie Bush was the top player in the draft and Vince Young was a local product.

In the end, Williams was the best choice for the franchise and the best player out of those three options.

Manziel may be the best option for the Texans this year. The team will also consider Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater, UCF’s Blake Bortles and South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney. Texans head coach Bill O’Brien isn’t ruling out the possibility of Manziel.

Whether Manziel is the choice by the Texans or not, it will be made by those within the team’s football operations. They’re going to make the decision they feel is best for the team.

Texans’ fans just have to hope Smith and O’Brien come to the same conclusion they already have.

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