Feb 21, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Houston Texans coach Bill O

NFL Draft 2014: Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien says Johnny Manziel can succeed from the pocket

There is still a lot of speculation in regards to which direction the Houston Texans and new head coach Bill O’Brien will go with the first overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. One of the options on the table is selecting Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, although that has been downplayed just a little bit by the fact that Manziel generally doesn’t fit the mold of a prototypical O’Brien pocket passer.

However, O’Brien may disagree with that.

“If you watch some of his games, obviously he’s a very exciting player when he breaks the pocket and he runs,” O’Brien said, according to cbssports.com. “But if you watch the Ole Miss game — I think something happened to him; he got injured, hurt his ankle or something — he came back, and he threw from the pocket in that game. If you watch him, he’s going to be able to do a lot of different things. It’s sustainable.”

There have been a lot of reasons thrown out as to why Manziel should be the first overall pick, from him being the best face to build the franchise around given his popularity and Texas roots, to him being the best pure athlete in the draft.

Only time will tell whether or not he will be a Texan come May, but at this point, it doesn’t seem that O’Brien is ruling him completely out.

Tags: 2014 NFL Draft Bill O'Brien Houston Texans Johnny Manziel

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