Johnny Manziel Is the Best Choice for the Texans with the No. 1 Pick

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIFebruary 28, 2014

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) warms up before the start of the Chick-fil-A Bowl NCAA college football game against Duke Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
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Forget the concerns about height. Dismiss the worries about lifestyle away from the football field. Johnny Manziel is a winner whose competitive drive and extraordinary skills will make him a successful pro.

If the Houston Texans are wise, they will make sure his career begins with them.

There could be a case made for other top prospects, like defensive end Jadeveon Clowney out of South Carolina. He projects as the best pass-rusher in the draft. But as important as getting to the quarterback is, it's even more important to have a quarterback opposing teams fear.

Other highly regarded signal callers, like Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater and Central Florida's Blake Bortles, are options for the Texans as well, but neither has proven themselves as consistently against top-notch competition like Manziel has.

Manziel faced more ranked opponents in 2013 than Bridgewater and Bortles did combined. 

Despite the success of the Seattle Seahawks' Russell Wilson and New Orleans Saints' Drew Brees, Manziel is still dogged by concerns about his 5'11.75" height.

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Per Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Manziel responded to concerns about his stature during interviews at The NFL Combine.

"I play with a lot of heart, I play with a lot of passion. I played like I'm 10-feet tall, so the measurement to me is just a number. ''

Through his two years at Texas A&M, Manziel got the label as a party animal. While it certainly seemed like he enjoyed his time in college, he didn't find himself in any trouble that should make teams think he's a bad person.

Not every prospect has to come into the league as focused and straight-laced as Andrew Luck. There will be growing pains and a definite learning curve for Manziel. The biggest things he has going for him are his heart and competitive nature.

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If you watched A&M play in 2012 or 2013, there was no question who the leader of that offense was. He held teammates accountable and always gave 100 percent on the field. There's not much more you can ask of a player.

While the swagger might be a turn-off to some, it'll come in handy for Manziel. He already has his share of haters. In an interview with CBS Sports St. Louis affiliate Inside STL, former NFL and NCAA head coach Barry Switzer called him privileged and arrogant.

Andy Gray of Sports Illustrated also gave us this lovely image of Mr. Switzer for effect.

Per NFL on ESPN, analyst and former NFL player Ron Jaworski says Manziel shouldn't even be taken in the first three rounds. 

The guy is a lightning rod for attention, and that's a good thing for a Texans organization that has become bland over the last two seasons. Manziel will put points on the board and butts in the seats at Reliant Stadium, as well as on the road.

He's the best selection from both a football and business perspective.