Faceoff: Who will be the first pick in the NFL Draft?

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Josh Wagner

Johnny Manziel is many things; a record setting college passer at Texas A&M, a Heisman winner, and a controversial figure.
Now he will be a first overall draft choice in the NFL draft come May.
Manziel will join elite company of being a quarterback drafted first overall in the first round, joining Andrew Luck, Peyton Manning, Cam Newton, John Elway, and Terry Bradshaw.
Manziel leaves Texas A&M as only a redshirt sophomore but the shortage of time there meant nothing to Johnny Football’s legacy in college football.
In his two years in Aggieland, Manziel accumulated 7,820 yards through the air, 63 TDs and only 22 interceptions.
His legs were also a good compliment to his game as Manziel rushed for 2,159 yards and 30 touchdowns.
Manziel was also the first freshman to ever win the Heisman, O’Brien, and Manning Award in the same season.
Manziel was also named the SEC Offensive Player of Year in 2012.
These are all great reasons to be drafted first overall but stats aren’t what are holding Manziel back from playing in Houston next fall.
Standing at 5-feet, 11-inches, Manziel is considered by many experts to be too short to be successful at the professional level.
That being said, Drew Brees is 6-0 and has been successful in his career with San Diego and New Orleans.
Brees is a Super Bowl winner and a multiple time Pro Bowler; another short quarterback in the league is the most recent Super Bowl winning quarterback, Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks.
Wilson stands at 5-foot 11-inch and has never had a problem with his lack of height so why would that hold back Johnny Football, who had better stats then both Brees and Wilson did in college.
My answer is that it won’t, and the Houston Texans are a good fit for Manziel.
Growing up in Texas and then attending Texas A&M show that Manziel is a Texan through and through (no pun intended).
Houston is 95 miles from College Station, it’s a match made in football heaven.
The Texans also badly need a quarterback, no offense to Matt Schaub but his days in Houston are over and Case Keenum is a back up at best, all the Texans are missing is a franchise quarterback to make the playoffs on a consistent basis.
They already possess a capable offense with Andre Johnson, Owen Daniels and Arian Foster, if he can stay healthy that is, and of course the former Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt.
Some say though that Manziel is too likely to bust to be a first overall selection, but what quarterback isn’t criticized like that every year when the draft rolls around?
Johnny Football is a winner, has been since his earliest football days, with his drive and natural talent, Manziel is fully primed to be starting franchise quarterback one day.
He is a the perfect fit in Houston, and that’s why he will become the No. 1 overall pick come May.

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Tre Gaines

With the No. 1 pick of the 2014 NFL draft, the Houston Texans select… this is something that still has to be answered.
In this years NFL draft there is a lot of talent coming out of the collegiate level.
Jadeveon Clowney is arguably the most talented prospect in the whole draft.
Besides Johnny Manziel, I don’t see anyone who can play the game of football like Clowney.
I believe Clowney will be the No. 1 pick in this year’s draft.
Clowney is from the University of South Carolina. Going into the 2013-2014 college football season, Clowney was the most hyped up player.
He was also one of the most popular players in the history of college football.
If you can remember, Clowney had one of the greatest plays in football history.
In the Outback Bowl on New Years Day in 2013, Clowney knocked Michigan’s running back Vincent Smith helmet clean off.
The helmet flew off Smith’s head 10 yards back.
While in the process of cleaning Smith’s clock, Clowney picked the ball up with his left hand all in one motion.
That play was the No. 1 play on Sportscenter for 45 times straight.
If it wasn’t for a 7-year-old kid with cancer running a touchdown at Nebraska’s practice, it would have went for a lot longer.
Besides that hit, Clowney is just a freak of nature physically and athletically.
He make plays that no one at the collegiate level can even dream about making.
This past season, Clowney’s production fell a little bit but that’s because a lot of teams had his attention.
He was seeing a lot more double and triple teams.
He still had a good season overall though.
One downfall Clowney may face: Is that is he in shape?
A lot of NFL teams question his work ethic and accuse him of taking some plays off.
I don’t think that’s true.
Every time I watched Clowney, he gave 100 percent effort and was around the ball every play.
After his performance at the 2014 NFL combine, I think those questions will go out the door about Clowney. Clowney is 6-foot, 5-inches and he weighs 266 pounds with 10 inch hands and a 34 ½ arm length.
He had a 37.5 vertical and a 124.0 inch broad jump.
He bench pressed 225 pounds 21 times. That isn’t that much for a person as big as him but when you’re 6-foot, 5-inches that makes benching a lot harder than people think.
The most impressive stat he had at the combine though was he ran a 4.5 in the 40-yard dash.
For someone who is 6-foot, 5-inches ,266 pounds that is extremely fast.
If you add Clowney’s talent with his speed, athletic ability and his size, you’re looking at a future NFL star in the making.
Put him next to J.J. Watt, you’re looking at a very scary D-Line for years to come.
Hopefully the Texans make a smart move because Clowney is the most gifted athlete in this years draft.

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