Johnny Manziel rumors: Rams very interested, among others

Ronald Martinez

The polarizing star is drawing plenty of interest from multiple teams.

The St. Louis Rams hold the second and 13th picks in the 2014 NFL Draft on Thursday night, and could be looking at Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel as a possible option.

Manziel is peaking the interest of general manager Les Snead, according to Peter King of Sports Illustrated. St. Louis has Sam Bradford under contract for the next two seasons, but does not owe him a cent of guaranteed money. Theoretically, Bradford could be dealt fairly easily should Manziel be drafted and beat out the former top pick.

King does not believe Manziel is an option with the Rams' first selection, but could be should the Heisman Trophy winner last until the 13th spot.

The Rams really like Johnny Manziel, and if he were there at 13 (which is unlikely), they would consider picking him. His workout for the Rams on Friday in Texas, with offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer running the show, was impressive, as was the 80-minute post-workout session in the meeting room with Schottenheimer and coach Jeff Fisher, among others.

One other piece of knowledge I got confirmed Sunday: Rams GM Les Snead recently went to Texas Tech and met at length with coach Kliff Kingsbury—Manziel’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at A&M in 2012—and came away thinking Manziel could adjust to life well as an NFL passer. Does that mean the Rams will take Manziel if he’s there at 13? I am still dubious. But I can tell you the Rams like him a lot.

Over at Turf Show Times, Ryan Van Bibber took a look at who St. Louis was visiting in the days leading up to show time. Van Bibber also wrote about NFL analyst Greg Cosell saying the Rams should pick Manziel, and what the pick would mean should it happen.

The debate about the Rams drafting a quarterback is getting overplayed at this point. I realize that. However, given Cosell's status as a guy who is (mostly) above the HOT TAKES business, I thought this was an interesting point of view to present.

Whatever the Rams do in the draft, one thing is for certain, and that's the fact they have to find a way to get better on offense, no matter how you think they need to do that, if they're ever going to start competing again.

Of course, St. Louis is not the only team keeping a close eye on Mr. Manziel. Jacksonville Jaguars general manager David Caldwell believes Manziel is the most-ready of all draftable quarterbacks to step into the NFL, per the Florida Times-Union.

Alfie Crow of Big Cat Country wrote about the possibility of Manziel wearing teal next season.

Maybe there's a scenario where if Jadeveon Clowney goes No. 1 overall and Sammy Watkins go No. 2 overall the Jaguars decide to pull the trigger on Manziel at No. 3 in favor of someone like Khalil Mack. Maybe the Jaguars have a trade worked out if a certain player falls to No. 3 overall and plan to pick Manziel if he's available in the No. 6-10 range.

Over at SB Nation's Blogging The Boys, Dawn Macelli discusses the idea of what the Dallas Cowboys would do should Manziel find himself sliding to the 16th pick.

It would be interesting to say the least. I have often compared Jerry Jones to PT Barnum (and I have no doubt that Barnum himself would be flattered by the comparison). Drafting Manziel would give the boss his circus. For Jerry that means money, which has to be figured into the equation. For us football is a game, but for them it is a business. That is the bottom line. All things considered, would drafting Johnny Football be a good business move? I say yes but it might not be the best football move.

Then there are the Houston Texans, holders of the top overall selection. Houston seems to be leaning toward a defensive player, but the door remains open for Manziel.

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