Kauf Drops: NFL Draft, Johnny Manziel, and Nelson Cruz Searches On

Could Johnny Manziel really go No. 1 overall? (Thomas Campbell/US Presswire)

Mel Kiper is crazy

The 2014 NFL Draft is coming up in just a few short months and players who are taking their shot at playing professional football are gearing up for the upcoming combine to show scouts they are better than what they expect them to be but there are also those who may look worse or, as has happened in the past, may not show up at all.

You can read all the mock drafts you want but, as I’ve said to more than a few people, they almost never go the way most project them to go.

However, there is one surprise already at the very top of the draft thanks to ESPN’s Mel Kiper. Last week, he projected former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel to go first overall to the Houston Texans. Yes, you read that right.

To me, this seems nothing more than the “star power” affect and the ability of an NFL team located in Texas to keep the local boy at home. But don’t the Texans already have one? Case Keenum not only is a local kid but he went to school right there in Houston with the Cougars under, as ironic as this might be, current Aggies head coach, Kevin Sumlin.

Kiper can’t seriously think Manziel is a first overall pick type of talent, right? He can’t seriously think Manziel is the absolute best player on the board regardless of round, can he?

There’s no question the former Aggies’ quarterback would make any team think twice about who to pick if he’s still available at any point in the first round. He has the type of talent, ability, and excitement that would put fans in the seat and make merchandise fly off the shelf, especially if he stays here in Texas.

But, as Dallas Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones has found out, just because the team is doing well in sales and revenue doesn’t mean the team is doing well on the field. “America’s Team” has just a single playoff win since their last Super Bowl victory back in 1995 (1-7).

Are the Texans really ready to give up on Keenum before they ever gave him a fair shot to earn the starting quarterback job going forward?


TCU lands a solid commit away from Boise State

With signing day just 12 days away, you’ll start seeing a flurry of commitments or players deciding they aren’t going to stay with the team they gave a verbal commitment to previously. Thus is the case for Ryan Griswold, a defensive end out of Pearland High School. He previously was committed to Boise State University but, as of yesterday, decided he was going to don the purple and white of the TCU Horned Frogs.

Griswold is listed at 6’5” 255 lbs and runs a 4.9 40-yard dash. You can check out his junior year highlights here.

This isn’t the last move we’ll see for any of the Texas teams. If you enjoy college football, or if you enjoy the July trade deadline in Major League Baseball, February 1st plays out a little bit like that. Should be an interesting two weeks, especially if you’re the Texas Longhorns and new head coach Charlie Strong.


Baseball…..we need baseball!

Can baseball season come any sooner?

For those of us who are die hard baseball fans, spring training means another Texas Rangers’ season is almost upon us and there will be no shortages of topics to talk about as we get closer to the season.

The pitcher rotation most certainly will be at the top of the list especially with the injury to Derek Holland that will keep him out at least until the All Star break if not longer depending on how his rehab goes for the next few months. You also have the concerns of Matt Harrison, coming off three different back surgeries during the 2013 season, and Colby Lewis who tried as hard as he could to come back but none of his rehab starts went the way the Rangers were hoping they would.

Now it seems like they’ll have no choice but to slide Alexi Ogando back into the rotation and perhaps look at stretching out one of Robbie Ross or Tanner Scheppers to put them into the rotation. That excites me as much as the idea of Nick Tepesch taking a rotation spot.


Good luck Nelly

I read something the other day about Nelson Cruz being surprised that he hasn’t signed anywhere yet. That’s what happens when you ask for more than what you’re worth.

When free agency started, the early rumor was five years and in the neighborhood of $75 million, both of which made most of us laugh because there was no way he was going to get anywhere close to that. According to Joaquin Benoit, during an interview with MLB Network Radio, Cruz turned down a two-year offer from another club because he was hoping for more than that.

Now, with spring training less than a month away, Cruz might be looking at a number of one year deals and not the five years he thought he could get.

Good luck with that, Nelly.

About Todd Kaufmann

Growing up in San Diego, CA, Todd made the move to Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas in the spring of 2008. Since then, he has covered events such as the Byron Nelson Classic, the Colonial Tournament, the AT&T Cotton Bowl, numerous home games for the Texas Rangers as well as high school football around the metroplex. You can also find some of his written work in the weekly Prosper Times and monthly Prosper Magazine. He and his wife Kerri make their home in Little Elm, Texas with their daughter, Hannah, and yellow lab, Ranger. Contact: Website | Facebook | Twitter | More Posts

2 Comments on Kauf Drops: NFL Draft, Johnny Manziel, and Nelson Cruz Searches On

  1. No, Kiper doesn’t believe Manziel has #1 overall talent or is the best player I’m the draft. His mock is a projection of where he thinks players will be drafted without projecting any trades.

    He actually has Manziel, along with other QBs Bridgewater and Bortles bunched together around 11-13 on his big board.

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