Johnny Manziel may be like Johnny Depp, but at least people want Depp in their movies. It doesn’t appear that Johnny Football has the same desirability among NFL teams.
There are probably seven teams that need quarterbacks — eight if you include the Dallas Cowboys, whose starting quarterback just turned 34 — and by my count not too many sound interested in the Texas A&M quarterback.
Pick #1: Houston Texans
Texans General Manager Rick Smith knows who he wants, but the organization would be open to trading the first overall pick.
“Maybe we’ll trade down and still get a quarterback that can do the job and get an outstanding defensive player,” Texans owner Bob McNair said. “It’s an exciting time. Everything’s a moving target. Lot of different pieces.”
If Houston does keep the pick, most mock drafts have them selecting defensive end Jadeveon Clowney from South Carolina.
Pick #3: Jacksonville Jaguars
Former NFL general manager Charley Casserly thinks linebacker Khalil Mack goes to Jacksonville at No. 3.
Pick #4: Cleveland Browns
It was reported that the Browns would take Manziel with the fourth pick.
But then again, maybe not.
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That means the Cleveland Browns could decide to take wide receiver Sammy Watkins from Clemson. Or offensive lineman Greg Robinson from Auburn.
Pick #5: Oakland Raiders
Reports are coming from the San Francisco Chronicle that the Raiders aren’t really considering drafting a quarterback with the fifth overall pick.
Pick #8: Minnesota Vikings
Peter King thinks quarterback Blake Bortles of Central Florida is a better fit.
Pick #11: Tennessee Titans
That would leave the Tennessee Titans with the 11th pick and a need at quarterback. Could Manziel fall that far? Should he?
One of the best predictors of future NFL performance for a quarterback is the number of college games started and career completion percentage. That would place a healthy Aaron Murray from Georgia (who suffered a torn ACL near the end of last season) and Alabama’s AJ McCarron ahead of Manziel. Same for top prospects Derek Carr (Fresno State) and Teddy Bridgewater (Louisville).
Pick #16: Dallas Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys will be tempted to take Johnny Football at 16, but owner Jerry Jones has (tried) to put those rumors to bed. “I will go as far as to say it is not our primary goal in the first round to be looking at a quarterback,” he said. “We’ve got a good one.”
Could that mean he falls to 20th (Arizona Cardinals)? Or maybe the Cleveland Browns (at 26th, from Indianapolis) get another shot?