Bill O’Brien reveals why Texans didn’t select Johnny Manziel

The Houston Texans had the No. 1 overall draft pick and needed a quarterback, but Johnny Football wasn’t what they were looking for.

South Carolina defensive superstar Jadeveon Clowney was their top choice, and they picked up Pittsburgh quarterback Tom Savage in the fourth round.  

"We have a vision for our football team and we stuck to that vision," Texans first-year head coach Bill O’Brien said at an event this week, according to "Every decision we made in the draft we felt led to that vision and we’ll see if that vision turns out the way we believe it will in whatever, a year, two years, three years.

"It was what we believed in and we stuck with it and we stayed disciplined in the draft and Johnny’s in a great situation in Cleveland."


Did the Texans consider making a move to get Manziel when he was still available in the first round?

"No, sorry," O’Brien said. "We spent a lot of time with Johnny and I had great meetings with him. He is a bright guy and I really enjoyed watching him play in college on film and enjoyed talking with him."

Manziel was projected to be a top 10 pick by many heading into the draft, but the Texas A&M Heisman Trophy winner wasn’t selected until late in the first round with the 22nd overall pick by the Cleveland Browns.

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