2014 NFL Draft: 5 Quarterbacks Who Could Replace Matt Schaub
5 Potential Replacements for Texans' Matt Schaub
At this point in the 2013 campaign, the Houston Texans are facing quite the dilemma. Starting quarterback Matt Schaub has proven to be ineffective, and the backup passers on the roster aren’t any better. So where do they go from here at the position?
Even when the Texans have inserted T.J. Yates into the lineup, the backup has struggled to get anything going. And as much as locals would love No. 3 quarterback Case Keenum to flourish, it’s not going to happen.
Already 2-4 on the year, the Texans could watch their season head down the drain with another couple of losses. If that’s the case, they could find themselves near the top of the order when the 2014 NFL Draft rolls around in May.
Either way, the Texans should seriously consider looking for a quality quarterback during the draft after the meltdown that Schaub has suffered through the first six games of the 2013 campaign. Luckily for Houston, this should be a great year for quarterback talent. With upwards of five young passers looking like potential first-round picks, there will be plenty of capable arms available.
For years now, the Texans have been on the verge of being contenders but always seem to fall short when the postseason pressure is on. With a new quarterback at the helm, they might be fortunate enough to change their luck and finally break the barrier that has held them back for all of these years.
With that in mind, here’s a look at five college passers who could be the Texans’ solution to replacing Schaub and the rest of their inept stable of quarterbacks.
Brett Hundley, UCLA
If the Texans end up playing the rest of the season the way they started it, there’s a good chance that they could be in position to snag Hundley at the top of the first round in May. The UCLA gunslinger has quickly proven himself to be one of the top young quarterbacks as his No. 9 Bruins are currently undefeated. Not only does Hundley have the prototypical NFL size, but he’s extremely athletic, possesses above-average accuracy and is quickly showing the mental toughness to handle the position at the next level.
Aaron Murray, Georgia
While Murray has been a productive quarterback throughout his college career, there are some physical limitations that could make the Texans wary of drafting a player like him. Not only is he short for a quarterback (6’0’’), but he doesn’t have noteworthy athleticism and his mechanics when throwing are worrisome. There’s no denying that he’s a high-character leader who is always willing to put his body on the line to help his team win, which could force the Texans to take a serious look at Murray if the timing is right.
Tajh Boyd, Clemson
A four-year starter for the Tigers, Boyd has plenty of experience and heads towards May as one of the most NFL-ready quarterbacks available. With a capable arm, solid accuracy and the ability to run that the modern NFL covets, Boyd could be one of the first passers to come off the board when the draft rolls around. The only problem the Texans might have with him is his lack of awareness on the field. Boyd does tend to throw into traffic and doesn’t always see the whole field. Those issues might lead to more pick-sixes, which the Texans aren’t exactly fond of.
Zack Mettenberger, LSU
Quickly working his way up the ranks of college’s top passers, Mettenberger has shown in 2013 that he’s an NFL prospect worth taking seriously. Depending on where the Texans end up in the draft next spring, they could be looking at a young quarterback like Mettenberger. The LSU field general has a big arm and is a proven winner, but has several off-field issues that will need to be addressed leading up to the draft. While there are numerous questions about his decision making and leadership abilities, he’s proving to be a competitor in 2013 and could convince the Texans he’s capable of handling the pressure.
Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
Manziel is certainly a much different type of quarterback than the Texans have ever had under center, but maybe a change of pace is in order – especially if they move on from head coach Gary Kubiak during the offseason. Manziel, an in-state product who Texas natives either love or hate, is a dynamic athlete with the raw tools to develop into a quality NFL quarterback. If the presumably-new coaching staff can keep him in line and show him how to take full advantage of his natural abilities, Manziel could develop into a terrific starter in Houston.