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2013 NFL Draft: Houston Texans open to drafting QB

E.J. Manuel

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Everyone knows that the Houston Texans have an outstanding quarterback in Matt Schaub. Behind him, they also boast a star-in-waiting in T.J. Yates and a promising project in Case Keenum. They even signed former Dallas Cowboys passer Stephen McGee to a futures/reserve contract this offseason.

Still, there’s a good chance that the Texans could spend a pick on a young gunslinger during the 2013 NFL Draft.

“I think in this league, you’re always looking for that young quarterback that you think is going to be a 10-, 12-year player in this league and be very successful,” Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said during the 2013 NFL Combine.

Slated at No. 27 in the first round of April’s draft, the Texans will likely go a different route with their initial pick. They have pressing needs at both wide receiver and inside linebacker, and should have several options to choose from between those two positions near the end of Day 1.

From there, though, things could get interesting.

Depending on who is available, the Texans could definitely consider picking a quarterback near the end of the second or third round. If a promising passer like ArkansasTyler Wilson or Florida State’s E.J. Manuel is still on the board, Houston could roll the dice and make a pick for the future. More than anything, it’ll come down to whether or not Kubiak sees one of these quarterback prospects as a “10-, 12- year player.”

Since Kubiak took over as the Texans’ head honcho, the team has only spent two draft picks on a quarterback – a fifth-rounder on Yates in 2011 and a seventh-rounder on Alex Brink in 2008. Seeing as they have a solid stable of quarterbacks already on the roster, don’t expect them to deviate from that strategy in 2013.

It’ll be at least a couple of years before Schaub is ready to relinquish his starting role. At that point, there’s a good chance that Yates could finally get his opportunity to carry the Texans’ offense. Seeing as that could be how things really play out, spending a mid-round pick on a quarterback while ignoring other areas of need seems ill-advised.

I guess we’ll just have to wait until late April to see what the Texans’ real draft plan is.

Gil Alcaraz IV is a Network Manager/NFL featured columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @GilAlcarazIV, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.