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Texans Initially Leaning Manziel, Bortles; Bucs Effect?

By: Justin Pawlowski - on twitter: @Commishonline
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The Buccaneers hold the 7th pick in the 2014 NFL draft and many around the Tampa Bay area are already trying to decipher what Lovie Smith and Jason Licht might do with their first selection as the leaders of the franchise.

Before the Bucs are on the clock, barring a trade, six players will have been selected and off the board for the Bucs.

Despite the combine not taking place for a couple weeks, it appears as if the Houston Texans might already have their decision down to two choices for the first overall selection according to former NFL scout Russ Lande.

According to trusted sources, the Texans are initially leaning towards taking either Blake Bortles or Johnny Manziel with the top pick. Although Manziel would obviously be the choice of owner Bob McNair, O’Brien is not sold that Manziel possesses the work ethic and intangibles necessary to be the face of a franchise.

Lance Zierlein, a radio host in Houston and creator of thesidelineview.com, believes the Texans will ultimately lean towards Bortles with the 1st overall selection.

If the Texans take a quarterback over a pass rusher like Jadeveon Clowney, it makes the likelihood of one of the top three quarterbacks falling to the Bucs pick at seven very unlikely. If Lovie Smith and Jason Licht want one of the top quarterbacks in this year’s class, they might have to trade up with the Rams for the 2nd overall pick to secure that player. If they are satisfied with Glennon and free agency, then they might be rooting for as many quarterbacks to go before their pick as possible.

CBSSports.com’s draft expert Dane Brugler also has Blake Bortles going 1st overall to the Texans in his latest mock draft.

The 2014 NFL Draft’s 1st round takes place on May 8th.

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