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Cosell: Johnny Manziel isn't Bill O'Brien's type of quarterback


With so much tape to watch on potential draftees, NFL Films senior producer Greg Cosell is like a kid in the candy store this time of year. Although he can normally be found in front of the screen, Cosell took time to appear on the College Football 24/7 podcast Wednesday and give his thoughts on this year's draft class.

Naturally, the podcast focused heavily on the three quarterbacks generating the most buzz: Blake Bortles, Teddy Bridgewater and Johnny Manziel.

Asked what he would do with the Houston Texans' No. 1 overall pick, Cosell said one of the top three quarterbacks doesn't look like a good fit.

"I could be dead wrong, but I don't think (Bill O'Brien) would see Johnny Manziel as his kind of quarterback. That would be my sense," Cosell said. "It doesn't make him right or wrong, it's just his worldview. Every offensive coach has a worldview of what he wants his quarterback to look like. I don't think Johnny Manziel would be his guy."

(Somebody had better keep that quote away from Johnny Football, who had a bold message for the Texans if they're considering passing him over.)

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Cosell said Bortles might end up having the best career of the quarterbacks in the draft this year, but said that doesn't mean Bortles would automatically be the pick for O'Brien and the Texans if they opt to take a quarterback over Jadeveon Clowney, Sammy Watkins or somebody else.

"Bridgewater, based on what I've seen in college, could easily be his kind of guy based on the way he plays and what he was asked to do," Cosell said. "I think he has a very good feel for the position. The only issue with Bridgewater -- and for some it might not be an issue -- is his size. I know he got up to 214 (pounds) to come to the combine, but I don't think he'll end up playing at that size."

Cosell also had plenty to say on the podcast about other the positions in one of the deepest drafts in years.

"To me, I would say that wide receiver is the deepest position in this draft," he said. "To me, there are guys who could go undrafted and could wind up making teams and being somewhat productive NFL wide receivers."

Follow Bryan Fischer on Twitter @BryanDFischer.



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