New Houston Texans coach Bill O’Brien has said that the Texans are a “long way” from making a decision over who they will take with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft – and that they will look primarily for a player who can help the organisation win.
In an interview with ESPN O’Brien discussed becoming the third head coach in franchise history, and where the team might use the first overall pick.
When asked about former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, O’Brien would not be drawn on the former Aggie’s potential at the next level, saying he had only watched Manziel on TV, and hasn’t begun evaluating the former Heisman winner.
“Johnny’s a guy that I’ve only seen on TV, so I haven’t even studied him on tape yet. I think I’ve only seen him on TV twice. But I think he’s a very exciting player, one of the better college players to come along in a long time, and I’m looking forward to studying him as a player,”
With the team needing to find a long term solution at the quarterback position, O’Brien included Manziel with several other promising prospects at the position, including Teddy Bridgewater and Blake Bortles. Of course, the team could use the pick on a playmaker like Jadaveon Clowney, or trade out of the No. 1 spot.
O’Brien said owner Bob McNair will lead the decision process, with general manager Rick Smith and McNair’s son, Cal, also involved.