2014 NFL Draft: Unveiling The Texans Tracker
Seriously, I think sometimes the fervor surrounding the speculation on who the Texans will take is part of the punishment of going 2-14, like a residual aftershock. We are only a few weeks into the NFL Draft process (combine, pro days, workouts, leading up to the draft itself), and already we've had our emotions tugged multiple different directions by sketchy sources at best. Frankly, we've learned more about just how flimsy a report needs to be to move the needle with fans and media than we have about which way the Texans are leaning.
Let's take a look at the various twists and turns so far, along with the outlet and the "money quote from each one (with my comments preceded by "SP")...
2/4/14 -- BLAKE BORTLES OR JOHNNY MANZIEL per RUSS LANDE
"According to trusted sources, the Texans are initially leaning towards taking either Blake Bortles or Johnny Manziel with the top pick."
SP: This was the first report of draft season, two days after the Super Bowl, and I think part of what got everybody excited about this is that it was the first real draft news of the post season. (Yes, sadly this qualified as news.) Apparently, the degree to which we trust Russ Lande's sources was enough for us to take stock in this little nugget.
2/19/14 -- JOHNNY MANZIEL per MIKE FREEMAN:
"League sources increasingly believe the Houston Texans will take Manziel with the first pick. The organization has said very little publicly, but privately, the belief is that Houston has been quietly falling in lust with him."
SP: A couple weeks went by, and on the eve of the NFL Scouting Combine, Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report broke this news from his "league sources." So, my question is "What the hell is a league source?" Someone who works in the league? Someone who covers the league? Someone who watches the show "The League"? Also, who says that a team is falling "in lust" with a player?