During the 2014 NFL draft, there were questions as to whether or not the Houston Texans would draft Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel at the number one overall pick. Instead, the Texans drafted South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. As teams continued to pass on Manziel, he was still available for the Cleveland Browns to draft with the twenty-second overall pick. While the Texans could have traded up to draft Manziel, the team’s owner Bob McNair told ESPN he did not think Manziel fit in the Texans’ system.
“Long term, we had questions as to how well he’d fit in our system doing what we wanted to do,” McNair said. “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.”
McNair admitted that while he knew some Texans fans wanted the team to draft Manziel, he his staff members who study film and he trusts them to make the right decisions.
“We respect our fans and we listen to our fans, but they don’t study the film that we study. They don’t have the information and knowledge that we have. We’re in the best position to make those decisions.”