Even With Case Keenum, The Houston Texans Must Draft QB High in 2014

By Jason Weingartner

The Houston Texans’ 2013 campaign has been an all-around disaster. Another season ending knee injury dealt to LB Brian Cushing and the benching of long time starting QB Matt Schaub, the towel was truly thrown in when the Texans suffered their seventh loss. Sending big dollar RB Arian Foster to the season-ending Injured Reserve and cutting ties with big free season acquisition safety Ed Reed. All signs point toward this Houston team playing out the remainder of the season looking towards 2014.

A fire, albeit a small one, has been lit under the fan base with the exciting emergence of hometown QB Case Keenum. Keenum set a multitude of NCAA records with the local University of Houston Cougars. He came out firing on all cylinders in his debut with the Texans, constantly slinging the ball down field — an aspect long missed with the incumbent.

One thing that is lost in all this unabashed gun slinging and impressive stats? He’s gone three games in the NFL without throwing a single interception, the Achilles heel of the previous captains of this offense.

He’s also gone 0-3 as an NFL starter for the Houston Texans.

The Texans have multiple holes in their roster to fill, some due to under performance, injury or the accelerated aging of NFL talent. While the easy route would be to assume the QB position is covered and look to acquire talent at other positions of need (the offensive line immediately comes to mind), Houston must still look for a franchise option at quarterback.

Bring in a hotshot first-round QB. There are several that will likely be taken early. If the Texans’ season wraps up along the same lines it has started, they may just get a stab at one early in the draft. At least offer competition for the starting spot.

Worst Case (pun intended) scenario, Keenum is truly the solution and Houston can flip a solid prospect for value in a quarterback driven league.

Jason Weingartner is a Houston Texans writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.

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