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Manziel or Clowney for No. 1 pick?
Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay released mock drafts (both Insider) on Thursday. From the look of things, there is still quite a bit of fluidity on many boards. Kiper says Johnny Manziel will go No. 1 overall to his home-state Houston Texans, and Jadeveon Clowney joining the Jacksonville Jaguars at No. 3. McShay? He sees Clowney heading to Texas and Manziel dropping to the Oakland Raiders at No. 5.
The two experts couldn't agree on the landing spots for the other top three QBs, either: Blake Bortles (fourth to the Cleveland Browns according to McShay, eighth to the Minnesota Vikings per Kiper) and Teddy Bridgewater (McShay says third to Jacksonville, Kiper fourth to Cleveland). In fact, they agree on only one of the top five picks: No. 2, where the St. Louis Rams will (likely) stick with Sam Bradford at quarterback and choose Auburn offensive lineman Greg Robinson. What do you think should happen? What will Houston do at No. 1?
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Teddy Bridgewater headed to NFL
Teddy Bridgewater has made it official that he will not return for his senior season, choosing instead to declare for the NFL draft. Bridgewater is the No. 1-rated quarterback prospect by ESPN's Todd McShay and the No. 8 overall prospect. The announcement comes on the heels of Bridgewater's electrifying performance in the Russell Athletic Bowl in which he torched Miami for 447 yards passing and accounted for four touchdowns (one rushing). Will Bridgewater ease seamlessly into the NFL, or will he face challenges? How does he compare to the No. 2-rated quarterback prospect, Johnny Manziel, and which prospect would be a better fit for the Houston Texans, who are holding on to the No. 1 pick?
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How will Texans do in 2014?
After a murky 2013 season, things are getting a little clearer for the Houston Texans. On Tuesday they reportedly agreed to hire Penn State's Bill O'Brien to be their next head coach. This came two days after the team clinched the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft by losing its 14th straight game. Few can argue the Texans don't have some key pieces. Will they, plus the newcomers, add up to a winning season in 2014?
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Is coaching hazardous to health?
Recent health scares to Denver Broncos coach John Fox and former Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak have shone a light on the job's rigors. And to little surprise -- this is, after all, a position that requires seemingly endless hours of work and amounts of stress, both of which are rewarded with constant public scrutiny. Then again, in today's working world, most students and professionals face a taxing level of stress at times. How bad do football coaches really have it?