The Houston Texans finished the season on a dreadful 14-game losing streak. Frankly, it could have been worse than that as well. With their 2-14 record, they are currently slotted into the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. However, will they even be making that pick once the clock expires?
Houston could use upgrades on both sides of the ball, and more so on the offensive side. Defensively, the Texans have J.J. Watt who is a Pro-Bowler and Defensive Player of the Year. With the first pick, Houston could look to bulking up on the d-line with Jadeveon Clowney, but Clowney is raising serious off the field question marks. With his questionable mentality and growing track record, he has trouble written all over him. As a Texans supporter, I would like to seem them go in a different direction. Aside from Clowney, taking any other defender could be a reach at No. 1 overall.
On the offensive side, Houston should be set at wide receiver with Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins. They could look into getting running back help with Arian Foster coming off of an injury and Ben Tate likely on the move. But again, in this year’s crop, a running back that early could be a reach, however look for them in round two to go running back.
The real focal point of evaluation in Houston will be at the quarterback spot. Matt Schaub and Case Keenum both struggled this year and it is all but certain time for a change. If he does declare, Teddy Bridgewater‘s name would go right to the top of the draft board and fill a major need for a team searching for a quarterback, like Houston.
However, Houston may not be the team that calls Bridgewater’s name first overall. In a similar move like the Washington Redskins moving up to get Robert Griffin III, look for the Minnesota Vikings to make a deal and move up in the draft order. The Vikings, like Houston are now in need of both a head coach and quarterback. Minnesota’s quarterback carousel was awful this season.
The Vikings are slotted to pick eighth in this year’s draft. If a deal were to emerge, it would be in their best interest to not go to much over the top like Washington arguably did for RG3. It is conceivable that swapping first round picks this year, along with a third round pick this year, and a first round pick next year could get them the number one overall pick from Houston.
In turn, Houston would slide down, acquire a few extra picks, and start to rebuild back toward the playoffs. Suddenly, at No. 8 Houston would have options at either line backer with C.J. Mosley, or another quarterback in the name of Derek Carr. Both players would fill a need for the Texans.
The name Carr would be a legacy pick for the Houston franchise, and with a new stadium on the horizon, a Bridgewater to Cordarrelle Patterson connection could look promising. Bridgewater would be that No. 1 pick, but potentially not for the team that currently sits there. Houston could be on the phones, before being on the clock.
Nick Schaeflein is a sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ptchr2424 or add him to your network on Google.