Former Texas A&M Aggies quarterback and Heisman winner Johnny Manziel is one of the more fascinating and intriguing prospects for the 2014 NFL draft. Mel Kiper has him headed to the Houston Texans in his initial mock draft, but his work ethic could deter from Bill O’Brien and Houston taking him first overall, according to sportsonearth.com’s Russ Lande.
“According to trusted sources, the Texans are initially leaning towards taking either Blake Bortles or Johnny Manziel with the top pick. Although Manziel would obviously be the choice of owner Bob McNair, O’Brien is not sold that Manziel possesses the work ethic and intangibles necessary to be the face of a franchise.”
Lande, a former scout for the St. Louis Rams and Cleveland Browns suggests Manziel’s reputation off-the-field will hurt him more than the reputation he has built in his last two years on the gridiron will help him.
O’Brien’s no-nonsense approach is not going to mesh well with Manziel whose offseason partying has created a larger-than-life persona that ultimately could cost Manziel millions in the draft.