Last week, Jerry Jones said he was "that close" to taking Johnny Manziel with the team's 16th pick during May's NFL Draft. Wisely, the Cowboys selected offensive lineman Zack Martin and Manziel eventually went to the Browns 22nd overall.
But the other Texas owner, Houston's Bob McNair, said Friday that Manziel wasn't a good fit for his team despite the fact that they desperately needed a young franchise quarterback after a forgettable 2-14 season.
“I knew with Manziel it would be a frenzy,” the owners said, via ESPN.com's Tania Ganguli. “And probably even if he didn't succeed at being an outstanding NFL quarterback for a couple years, the fans would have been frenzied.”
In January, McNair called defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, whom the team eventually drafted first overall, "a remarkable player." And two months later, first-year coach Bob O'Brien pointed out that while Blake Bortles, Teddy Bridgewater and Manziel were the draft's top quarterbacks, "there are other guys out there." Ultimately, the Texans drafted Pitt's Tom Savage in the fourth round.
"Long term, we had questions as to how well he'd fit in our system doing what we wanted to do," McNair continued Friday. "At the end of the day, you've gotta do what you think is best for the team. If you do what's best for the team and the team succeeds as a result of it, the fans are going to forget those other things.
"When they say they want you to get Manziel, it's because [they think] with Manziel you've got a better chance to win. Or with Vince Young, or with Reggie Bush, or whoever, it's because they think you'll be a better team with that person."
In 2006, the Texans didn't succumb to fan pressure and take Young, but instead used the first-overall pick on Mario Williams, which proved to be the right decision. We won't know for several years if taking Clowney over Manziel -- or Bortles or Bridgewater -- works out for a team whose quarterback depth chart currently includes Ryan Fitzpatrick, Case Keenum and Savage.