2014 NFL Draft: Bortles, then Manziel, to visit Texans
With speculation mounting as to how Houston will spend the No. 1 overall pick, the Texans continue getting personal with multiple top quarterback prospects.
Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles and Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel are scheduled to visit the Houston Texans this month.
Bortles is first to visit April 15-16, followed by Manziel April 21-22, as first reported by John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.
Houston has the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, and all indications are a new quarterback is in play for the franchise in the first two rounds. Matt Schaub, who began last season as the starter but was benched when the Texans went 2-14, was traded to the Oakland Raiders.
Manziel, a redshirt sophomore who won the Heisman Trophy in 2012, electrifying with his mobility and uncanny playmaking potential, grew up 250 miles from Houston in Kerryville, Texas.
He dared the franchise to pass on him, and coach Bill O'Brien said at Manziel's March 27 pro day that he viewed Manziel's success with the Aggies as sustainable. That despite Manziel's 5-foot-11 frame and anything but prototype quarterback size.
"If you watch the Ole Miss game -- I think something happened to him; he got injured, hurt his ankle or something -- he came back, and he threw from the pocket in that game," O'Brien said of the SEC contest in which Manziel injured his left knee and completed 31 of 38 passes for 346 yards and rushed for 125. "If you watch him, he's going to be able to do a lot of different things. It's sustainable."
O'Brien said his offensive system doesn't mandate one "QB type" but history says the sturdy-but-mobile Bortles could be a more ideal fit.
Bortles played for Central Florida coach George O'Leary, a mentor of O'Brien's, and led the Knights to a 34-31 win over Penn State last September. Bortles completed 20 of 27 for 288 yards and three touchdowns in the victory over O'Brien's Nittany Lions.
His frame and style of play are compared to 2004 11th overall pick Ben Roethlisberger, who overcame que
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