NFL Draft prospect Johnny Manziel will reportedly not workout for the Houston Texans following his Texas A&M pro day this Thursday, per a USA Today story.
For a guy who didn’t throw at the NFL Combine, you’d think Manziel would want to take every opportunity to impress teams, especially considering how much Texans new head coach Bill O’Brien covets individual workouts for quarterbacks.
The Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback has already seen his draft stock drop in the eyes of many experts, including Mel Kiper, Jr., who lowered Manziel from a number one overall pick to barely coming in the top 10 last week.
Now it’s not that Manziel wont showcase his talents for teams, but he apparently wont be (as was once expected) doing an individual workout for Houston. Instead, he’ll be doing what O’Brien referred to as his “Johnny Day”, where he’ll be auditioning for all 32 teams at once.
This begs the question, what will the Texans do with that first overall pick?
Matt Schaub is now officially a member of the Oakland Raiders, so Houston is in more need of a starting quarterback now than ever. In an NFL Network interview, O’Brien said the Texans will draft a quarterback this year, but he didn’t say when.
The Texans are caught in that draft quandary known as “best available-vs-need”. They need a quarterback, but do they pass on the best player available in the draft (provided it’s not a quarterback), for instance, Jadeveon Clowney.
According to O’Brien, “all options are open”.