As the 2013 NFL season concludes, the Houston Texans completed the year by losing 14 straight games after beginning 2-0. After quite the downward spiral of a season filled with injury, health scares and controversy, the Texans have officially hit rock bottom. It was a tough year to be a fan, but the good news is that it can only get better from here on out.
The Texans secured the number one overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft with their 2-14 record, and now begins the debate on who they should select. Most experts have three top candidates that are all equally intriguing: Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr.
The way I see it, Houston is not going to win many more games with Case Keenum or Matt Schaub at quarterback. Neither seem like the quarterback of the future, both for their own reasons. Therefore, going with a quarterback would make sense. Obviously, getting a 10-year left tackle is attractive, so Jake Matthews may be on their radar. But, it is going to be tough not to go in the direction of a guy like Bridgwater.
Coming off of a year in which he threw 31 touchdowns and only four picks, Bridgewater is looked at as one of the more NFL-ready passers coming out of college. He led the NCAA with a completion percentage of 70.9 which is probably the most impressive part of his season as a whole. The fact that he makes great decisions and gets the ball to his receivers in an efficient fashion has to be quite a tempting aspect to the Texans.
Manziel, on the other hand, would give the Texans the opportunity to change up their offense a bit if they wanted to. The versatility he brings and the style of offense Houston could implement would be quite an interesting scenario. But, do they want all of the drama that comes along with him? I’m not so sure. Not to mention, I firmly believe Bridgewater is going to be the better pro.
Carr may be a long shot, but he had nearly the same completion percentage as Bridgewater at 68.7. It’s always tough to ignore a guy that throws 50 touchdowns in a season as well, which Carr did in 2013. He only took 11 sacks in his final season, the best mark of his career, while also posting his highest rating of 156.1.
The Texans have quite the decision ahead of them, but I can assure you a quarterback is going to be a very, very serious consideration — especially Bridgewater. Who would you like to see them draft? Comment below with your take.