HOUSTON Former Houston Texans defensive coordinator and interim head coach Wade Philips may not be running the team s draft, but he does have an opinion on who should be selected No. 1 overall in May.
In a radio interview with Sports Radio 610 s Nick Wright and John Lopez Thursday morning, Phillips said he told the McNairs that they should select Texas A&M quarterback and Heisman Trophy-winner Johnny Manziel with the first pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
When I did the interview with the McNairs, I told them they ought to take Johnny Football, Phillips said. That s what I told them and I m sitting here now.
The former defensive coordinator said that he had not evaluated Manziel, but likened his playmaking ability another Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback in Doug Flutie, whom he coached when he was with the Buffalo Bills.
Those kinds of guys who can make first downs when you re not supposed to, I think they give you something. Phillips said. I just think he makes plays that nobody else can make.
Phillips also compared the possibility of drafting Manziel to when the Houston Oilers selected Hall-of-Fame running back and Heisman Trophy-winner Earl Campbell, of Tyler.
I thought it would be the Earl Campbell of Houston, the reincarnation. Phillips said. Having the Heisman trophy winner come to Houston, from the state of Texas, I just thought it would be a neat deal.
Manziel grew up in Kerrville near San Antonio before playing for the Aggies in College Station.