Mel Kiper Jr. released his 2014 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 today and in somewhat surprising fashion he had Johnny Manziel going number one overall to the Houston Texans.
Now before everyone picks up their pitchforks and goes guns hot on the message boards I think we should all do one thing first:
Look at your calendar.
It should say that today is January 15th. The Texans will not be drafting until May 8th, so there are almost four whole months before anything actually happens and I’m pretty sure that Mel Kiper knows this.
But before we just dismiss this as some crazy early, publicity grabbing stunt for his mock draft, lets look at what Mel Kiper actually had to say about the man we all know as Johnny Football.
O’Brien likes a QB with presence, a leader and a guy who will out-prepare the competition. And while Manziel has gotten his share of bad press, he’s a dynamic talent, and I feel he can lead at the next level; I’m not alone in that opinion. – Mel Kiper Jr.
I can’t disagree with that statement. Manziel did lead his team into Tuscaloosa against Nick Saban and Alabama last year and come out with a W, Manziel did rally his team in the bowl game against Duke, and Manziel was the first freshman to ever win the Heisman. Those are impressive feats that you cannot take off his resume.
However, that does not mean that I love this pick. I feel that Bridgewater and Bortles bring other things to the table that Manziel cannot, but have maybe not received an equal share of the national spotlight as Manziel has and have therefore not had their skills examined closely enough.
Whatever happens on May 8th, 2014 at Radio City Music Hall, I guarantee it will split Houston Texans fans right down the middle, and I also guarantee that they will have gotten over it by the time the first game of the season kickoffs in early September.