Merril Hoge Hates Everybody Including Johnny Manziel and Jadeveon Clowney
I do a couple hours of radio each week with John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, who is about as dialed in as any beat reporter is for their local NFL team.
Photo from Facebook.com/texags Let's see if Hoge is as right about Texans' potential first picks as he is about adjusting his tie.
McClain is highly informed and not afraid to openly discuss what he knows, and his on-air and in-writing speculation of late have said that the Texans will take either South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney or Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel in the upcoming NFL Draft.
Clowney and Manziel obviously are two very different players serving very different needs, and both (like every player in this draft) have their warts, but I think it's hard to find anybody who thinks the Texans' draft would be a failure at the top by picking one of these two.
Well, we found someone who thinks that. Say hello to ESPN's Merril Hoge, kids.
Hoge is a former running back with the Pittsburgh Steelers from back in the 80's and a longtime second tier NFL analyst at the Worldwide Leader. He is best known for surviving multiple concussions during his NFL career and surviving cancer after his career was over. Hoge is, without a doubt, kind of a bad ass.
So with that said, I'm not looking to pick a fight with Merril Hoge. My mother taught me better than that. I do want to know why he so doubts the talents of Johnny Manziel and Jadeveon Clowney, because if McClain is correct, and the Texans are ready to call one of these two names with the first overall pick, then Merril Hoge should go ahead right now and get his prediction of a 2-14 repeat out of the way.
Here was Hoge on Manziel a month or so ago:
Here is the summary of that video: