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This time of year there are usually two NFL quarterbacks that are the talk of the sports world. It’s Superbowl Sunday, which is nearly a national holiday in the US, and the storylines of Cam Newton and Peyton Manning are swirling around the virtual world.
Cam is the new blood evolving the position into something his counterpart, Manning, could only imagine would exist in a futuristic video game. Yet the only stories that seem to come up about Newton is an age old one; he’s black and he’s a successful quarterback.
Manning, on the other hand, is the prototypical\quintessential field general. He’s the standard that most QBs, including Caaaaaammmm I’m sure, aspired to measure up to in terms of productivity.
But…. There’s a third QB in the news that didn’t even sniff the post season. As a matter of fact he’s not even in the news for football related reasons. The only reason that Johnny Manziel and the sport of football are being mentioned together right now is because his team, the Cleveland Browns, and his agents don’t seem to want anything to do with him.
This young, one time dynamic, playmaker is on a path to professional purgatory. His name is constantly linked to domestic altercations and over indulgence. I don’t want to dwell too much on his personal problems and alleged addictions because his story is being sensationalized by sports media outlets and bloggers entirely too much.
So I’ll get to my point about how Johnny is F’ing up the Texan’s franchise QB hopes. I was looking at a mock draft by Daniel Jeremiah and noticed that Cleveland was picking in the top five of this year’s NFL draft. I saw this before but glanced over it because I didn’t think that Cleveland was a threat to take one of the few coveted QBs that were coming out of college.
Everyone knows that the Texans need to draft a young man that can snatch the face of the franchise label from JJ Watt. Not because JJ has a bad face, but because the QB that consistently leads a team on a deep playoff is usually the face of the franchise.
There are not many top flight options in this year’s draft. We are aware that it’s not an exact science because Jamarcus Russell and Ryan Leaf showed us the light. Russell Wilson and Tom Brady unveiled the other side of that coin. Newly elected Hall of Famer Brett Favre was drafted in the second round. So there’s no guarantee that a first round investment in a QB will net the Texans a Lombardi trophy.
Looking at this mock draft and taking into consideration the likelihood that Johnny won’t be on the roster next season it’s evident that the Browns will take a QB in the first round.
It’s also been reported that the Dallas Cowboys, that was recently considered the most likely landing spot for JFF, is no longer interested in Manziel mania. I felt backing up Romo would’ve been the perfect fit for Johnny. His style of play is very similar to the Cowboy’s starter. He could learn from a solid vet and play for an owner that wanted him there when he left Texas A&M.
Now the Cowboys are in the mix to groom a top rated QB to replace the oft injured Dallas signal caller. The dominoes are falling in the NFL landscape.
Johnny’s antics have caused two more teams that pick ahead of the Texans to strongly consider drafting a QB. That makes the pool that much more shallow. Hopefully there’s a quality player at pick twenty two which is the Texan’s slotted position.