The Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars own the first and third picks in tomorrow's first round of the NFL Draft. Both teams have a need at quarterback, and could take Johnny Manziel with their first picks, but according to a Sports Illustrated article, Manziel and his family would rather go elsewhere.
Houston seems like a good fit for the Texas native, but according to writer Don banks, the family hopes that the quarterback will land elsewhere, we he can distance himself from the distractions that generated so much discussion in college.
Their thinking is that Manziel will find it far easier to distance himself from his "Johnny Football'' persona and focus completely on football if he's not near the circle of peers who comprised his college-era partying crowd. His family is said to be in favor of anywhere but Houston, but I'd have to think Dallas would pose the same set of complications in their view.
Manziel himself seems very brand-conscious, and doesn't think a small market like Jacksonville would serve him very well.
I've also heard that Manziel himself isn't wild about the idea of landing in Jacksonville, one of the NFL's smaller markets, and that the Jaguars would not be his first choice of employers. It's not a preference based on people, only location.
Manziel's agent Erik Burkhardt caught wind of the article, and does not seemed thrilled by the report.
">@DonBanks absolutely ridiculous story. 100% NOT true.
— Erik Burkhardt (@ErikBurkhardt)
@DonBanks absolutely ridiculous story. 100% NOT true.
— Erik Burkhardt (@ErikBurkhardt) May 7, 2014
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Talk of Manziel to Jacksonville has been heating up today. If this story is true, do we see him put on airs, or might he try to pull an Eli Manning draft-day move? Probably not, expect Johnny Football to play wherever he is selected.