Johnny Manziel to Houston Would Be Perfect for Both Parties

Ryan DavenportContributor IFebruary 15, 2014

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel scrambles during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Missouri on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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After two consecutive postseason appearances with Matt Schaub at the helm, fans of the Houston Texans had high hopes for their heroes entering the 2013 season.

But after watching Schaub come crashing down to earth with an atrocious four straight games with a pick-six, it's pretty clear that it's time for a new voice under center.

And Johnny Manziel is the right guy for the job.

Is he the No. 1 prospect in this year's crop of prospects?

No, but that's not what's most important here.

The 2013 campaign saw fans grow tired of Schaub's miscues and despite the fans' repeated calls for Case Keenum to be given a chance to be Houston's quarterback of the future, Rick Smith really doesn't have any choice but to acquire a new starter in preparation for next season.

As of now, many (such as the panel over at CBS Sports), have Manziel being around until at least No. 3 overall, and if that's what ultimately transpires, it'll be a mistake on the part of the Texans.

It's easy to highlight Manziel's flaws, such as his lack of traditional size and penchant for throwing over the middle at inopportune times, but the former Heisman winner's strengths far outweigh his weaknesses.

At Texas A&M, Manziel demonstrated an innate ability to manufacture big plays out of nothing and though he enjoyed the luxury of having an elite target like Mike Evans during his time with the Aggies, he'd have no shortage of talented options in Houston. 

Andre Johnson remains one of the game's most dangerous receiving threats, and DeAndre Hopkins showed flashes of the potential that enticed Houston into taking him at No. 27 overall a year ago, so Manziel would have a considerable amount of help through the air if he were to start immediately.

According to ABC 13 (via NBC Sports' Darin Grantt), while Johnson's not sold on the idea of the Texans taking the controversial quarterback at No. 1, he seems to believe that Manziel's got the potential to be a standout in the NFL.

Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel is a popular choice in his home state, and Johnson admits being intrigued.

“[Manziel] seems like a good kid. Very into football,” Johnson said. “He’s exciting. He’s an exciting player to watch. I enjoyed watching him in college. He doesn’t have the name Johnny Football for nothing. I think he’s a great player.”

With Arian Foster in the backfield and a very stingy defense to support him, Manziel would enter the league with the confidence needed to thrive and why shouldn't he?

HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 15:  Andre Johnson #80 of the Houston Texans wwaits on the field during the game against the Tennessee Titans  at Reliant Stadium on September 15, 2013 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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He's put together two remarkable seasons in the nation's best conference, and he has done well against the most talented defenses college football has to offer.

During his first year as a starter, Manziel led the Aggies close to a stunning upset of eventual national champion Alabama and despite losing during his outing against Nick Saban's boys, the 21-year-old's five touchdown passes in defeat were an indication of his ability to rise to the occasion.

Yes, a quarterback with such a unique set of skills like Manziel needs an offensive scheme that's tailored to his strengths but with the Texans, he'd be heading to a team that already has more offensive weapons than your typical cellar-dweller.

This isn't about his Texas roots, because at the end of the day, other than from a marketing standpoint, that detail is pretty trivial but after the whirlwind of a year Manziel's had, maybe being closer to home wouldn't be the worst thing in the world for him.

He'd undoubtedly sell tickets in Houston but more importantly, Manziel has proven that he's capable of taking a program to the next level even without fanfare.

Wherever he goes, he'll have the weight of an entire franchise's hopes on his shoulders but if his performance at Texas A&M is any indication, that won't be an issue for Manziel.