Our simple dream of wanting Johnny Manziel to be available at No. 8 when the Vikings choose in the draft feels more like a long shot than it did a few months ago.
That said, the Texans -- who have the No. 1 pick, need a QB and could be looking for the instant popularity surge Manziel would bring -- apparently aren't sold on the swaggy young man.
Per Sports On Earth:
While the Texans have only $6,100,000 in cap space, cutting Matt Schaub is no done deal: they will wait until they feel 100-percent confident in one of the quarterbacks available with the first overall pick. According to trusted sources, the Texans are initially leaning towards taking either Blake Bortles or Johnny Manziel with the top pick. Although Manziel would obviously be the choice of owner Bob McNair, O'Brien is not sold that Manziel possesses the work ethic and intangibles necessary to be the face of a franchise.
Sure, there are a lot of other QB-needy teams picking before the Vikings even if the Texans don't take Manziel. But yeah, go ahead and take Bortles. Let's keep the dream alive on draft night, even if it is just for a few more minutes.