Quarterback duo projected to go early in next month’s draft.
The Houston Texans are scheduled to host former UCF quarterback Blake Bortles and former Texas A&M signal-caller Johnny Manziel in the coming weeks.
It is understood that Bortles will have his pre-draft visit on April 15 and 16, while Manziel will arrive a week later on April 21 and 22, according to an ESPN source.
Texans coach Bill O’Brien and general manager Rick Smith attended both players’ pro days while the vice-chaiman, Cal McNair, was also present for Manziel’s as the 21-year-old made the headlines with his impressive display.
Given that Houston have the first overall pick in this year’s draft, speculation is rife that they will target a quarterback as that is arguably their biggest area for strengthening.
Having traded Matt Schaub to the Oakland Raiders, Houston signed veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick in free agency while they already have T.J. Yates and Case Keenum on the roster.
However, it is understood that the organisation feel that that doesn’t address the long-term problem, and with the likes of Bortles and Manziel forming a strong draft class this year, they could look to acquire one of those quarterback prospects with their pick.
In addition, a large Texans contingent travelled to South Carolina’s pro day last week to see defensive end Jadeveon Clowney work out, while former Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has also met individually with the franchise more than once already.
It promises to be an intriguing night next month when the draft takes place, as the decision from the Texans will likely have a significant impact on what happens thereafter, with interest strong in Manziel throughout the league.