If you're one of the few who has managed to catch the new Kevin Costner film Draft Day (featuring guest star Arian Foster!) at a sneak preview, and you take it as being authentic, then you remember the pain staking efforts that Sonny Weaver (Costner's Browns' GM character) went to in order to gather as much information as he could on prospect Bo Callahan.
In some ways, Callahan's character mirrored very closely the real life version of Johnny Manziel, or at least most people's perception of Manziel.
Both were star quarterbacks, both won the Heisman Trophy, both had Instagram accounts that could keep perverted scouts occupied for days, and both were seen as "boom or bust" franchise prospects with no in between.
I won't spoil what happened on Draft Day, but let's just say every shred of Callahan-related data ended up being relevant to the Browns throughout the movie.
So, along those lines, I'm guessing the Texans are taking a keen interest in the pictures that surfaced this weekend of Manziel and Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson.
For those of you who weren't watching during the roughly four days or so where Marshall Henderson was a thing to more than just hardcore college basketball fans (those four days, by the way, would be last year's NCAA Tournament, when Ole Miss pulled off a "5 vs 12" upset of Wisconsin), Henderson is a guard for the Ole Miss Rebels who is best known for three things:
1. Henderson is a really skilled basketball player, a volume shooter whose career has consisted of a LOT of field goal attempts and a LOT of transfers. He started out at Utah, transferred to Texas Tech after one season, never played at Tech, moved to a JuCo, and eventually wound up at Ole Miss, where he led them to an NCAA berth and led the SEC in scoring back in 2012-2013.
2. Henderson is a train wreck off the court, going back to high school, where he was busted for trying to buy weed with counterfeit money. Following that, while still on probation, he failed a drug test, testing positive for alcohol, marijuana, and cocaine (the trifecta!), and having to serve 25 days in jail. Finally, this past summer, he was busted again for possession of weed and cocaine, which got him suspended for the first three games of this season.
3. Henderson likes to talk shit. Like oodles and oodles of ungodly amounts of shit. I'll let Wikipedia handle this part of the Henderson Experience:
Henderson is known for playing with reckless abandon and passion. Henderson often celebrates on the court, and engages in trash talking with the other team's players, fans,and even coaches. Henderson embraces the role of "villain" in the SEC, and says he feeds off of the negative attention.
If you had to pick a part of the 2013 college football season where Johnny Manziel was at his most loathsome to the talking heads, and his most controversial to mainstream America, it was probably after the season opener against Rice, where he spent the first half suspended for autograph signing sessions the NCAA deemed "illegal" under their
warped version of the law, and spent the second half playing and acting like, well, Marshall Henderson.
So when it turns out that Johnny Manziel was taking some relaxation time at the Final Four this past weekend in Dallas, that's not a big deal. When a tweet pops up, though, with Manziel and Henderson (and how has someone not made a mask of "drunk Marshall Henderson Face" yet?) hanging out together socially, it becomes a slightly bigger deal:
— ✞Breck Jones✞ (@breckmane) April 6, 2014
This follow up tweet by Henderson was the Twitter dessert:
— marshall henderson (@NativeFlash22) April 6, 2014
Hey look, I realize that the three seconds Manziel spent taking the first picture above may be the extent of his interaction with Henderson all weekend. In Manziel's defense, the look on his face in the picture seems to indicate "Oh shit, what am I doing here?" I also realize that Henderson's having a crumpled up boarding pass of Manziel's means that maybe Manziel passed out shitfaced on Henderson's floor at five in the morning.
Or maybe it was somewhere in between. We don't know. But NFL teams will ask, that's a lock. (And yes, I am beyond pissed right now that this happened after the Gruden QB Camp has aired, because Gruden asking Manziel about Henderson would be the best two minutes of television all year.)
Me, personally, I don't care either way. (Hell, Manziel's hanging out with Henderson almost makes me want the Texans to draft him more, if that's possible.) But that "somewhere in between," there are scouts being assigned the due diligence on finding that out today, I feel fairly certain.
Because if we learned anything from the movie Draft Day (and from DeSean Jackson, for that matter), NFL teams really, really care about who you roll with.
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