DETROIT -- There is no bigger Houston sports fan than Astros pitcher Jarred Cosart, who grew up about 27 miles south of Houston and is unabashed about his support for the NFL's Houston Texans and NBA's Houston Rockets. He cheered for the Astros as a kid, as well.
Cosart, who attends most Texans games, is understandably curious to see who the franchise selects with the No. 1 pick in Thursday's NFL Draft. He's hoping for University of Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack.
"To be completely honest, they're going to make the right decision, and I'm not going to complain about it," Cosart said. "Just watching the NFL the last couple of years, the teams that win the championships are the teams that have the best defense. I would take the Mack kid from Buffalo, just from the upside.
"He hasn't had any problems off the field and stuff like that. He seems like a good-character guy, someone who works hard and is going to learn from J.J. Watt, who's arguably the best defender in the National Football League. If you've got two guys, you can't double-team Watt, and that could cause some havoc. Hopefully, we have a healthy [linebacker Brian] Cushing next year, and the defense should look pretty strong."
And what about the local product, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel?
"If they go the Manziel route, I hope he's everything they say he is going to be and takes off from the get go and helps us get to the Super Bowl," he said. "That's what I want to see."
Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.