Draft Day



By Kelsey Miller 

The NFL Draft is an event that every almost every football fan can look forward to. Particularly in the first round, the most elite and outstanding players from colleges around the country are selected to live their dream playing in the NFL.

The emotion that players feel when they get to that level of acceptance is like none other. It is empowering to see young men moving forward with their lives and taking the next step to be a role model to young fans. NFL Network caught all the action in New York from the hugs and kisses of friends and family, the joyous tears and supportive fan bases.

This year’s draft had many surprises, especially Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel not being a top pick after one of the most amazing performances from a college quarterback. He was selected by the Cleveland Browns who haven’t had much luck in the past few decades. Michael Sam, Missouri defensive lineman who came out to the public months prior to the draft, was selected as the first openly gay NFL player.

Despite media criticism on his ability for NFL play and body structure, Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was the last to be selected in the first round. He was selected by the Minnesota Vikings and hopes to show his mother, a breast cancer survivor, what he is capable of in the world of professional football.

Young men around the world wishing to be athletes can learn a lot from watching the NFL Draft. Players from all walks of life are accepted into an elite group from hard work, dedication and fighting through adversity. One day, your son or nephew could hear the words that would give any hopeful athlete goose bumps.

“With the first pick of the 2014 NFL Draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars select…”

And Number 1 Overall Pick Is …

By Stefan Anderson

After selecting Mario Williams, with the first overall pick in 2006, the Houston Texans are faced with the same predicament in this year’s draft. After suffering from a terrible season that included a 14 game losing streak, coming off a season where they won their division and franchise record 12 wins. Things took a turn for the worst in Houston, which leads to the question, What to do now? The 2014 season looks to be a year of optimism for the Texans as they make steps to rebuild and get back to their promiance as on the AFC’s contenders again.

After firing head Gary Kubiak and replacing him with Bill O’Brien, a coach that has dealt adversity in past becoming the first head at Penn State following the legendary Coach Joe Paterno, the team looks to be in great leadership and has the rebound and come back in a winning fashion. With the opportunity to have the number 1 overall selection in this year’s draft, the options on which way the Texans should go with their selection varies.

Many have already selected QB Johnny “Football” Manziel as the Texans first pick and to be the savior of his hometown team. The former Heisman winner has already stated his reasons why he should be selected. Daring the Houston Texans by saying “I want them to say absolutely, without a doubt, with 100 percent certainty, that I’m who they want,”. The Texas A&M also went to add, “I want everybody from the janitor at Reliant Stadium to the front office executive assistant all the way up to (owner) Bob McNair to say, ‘This kid is 100 percent, can’t miss. This is who we want being the face of our program. We want the Texas kid staying in Texas and leading the Texans.'”

Although, I am also sold on the Texas kid leading the Texans, I am going to give the Texans a better solution for the Texans to reclaim their crown of the AFC South. Draft Jadeveon Clowney . Yes, I am very aware of the Texans struggling offense from the year before. The Texans ranked 31st of 32 teams in the NFL in points scored last season, but will Manziel solve that issue? You have to take into consideration that they lost their biggest playmaker in Arian Foster last due to injury, when you have that happen you lose a guy who gave you 17 touchdowns in the previous season to go along with over 1600 all-purpose yards, not to mention rushing for 1,000 in the past 3 previous seasons. Therefore, I believe the Texans should go ahead stick with another Texas QB Case Keenum, who is from Brownwood, TX and started at the University of Houston. With the mentoring of Bill O’Brien, who is Tom Brady’s former QB coach will help Keenum develop into the QB, he is destined to be.

Unlike Manziel, Clowney is a player that comes along once a century. A defensive player that continues to dominate the field and make his impact known every time he steps onto the turf. With his ability to rush the pass and affect your run offense, will be a reason for QB’s all over the league to audible. Imagine JJ Watt and Jadeveon Clowney on each side rushing for your defense, scary site for every opponent in the league. The Texans lost 9 games last seasons with the point deferential was 7 points or less. With this explosive pass with the added Clowney, can help drive the Texans to help their team win more games and cause more turnovers ratio, where they fell from top ten to the second worst in the league. I know that offense sells tickets, but as the winner of this year’s Super Bowl has proven that “Defense Wins Championships”.