Even though the 2014 NFL Draft is still over four months away, there is already discussions as to what the Houston Texans should do with the no. 1 overall pick. Will they take Teddy Bridgewater or Johnny Manziel as their quarterback of the future, or add another impact defensive player like Jadeveon Clowney? If the Texans were smart, they would trade the pick.
It’s an idea that owner Bob McNair brought up to the press on Friday. The Texans do have a history of taking a quarterback with the top spot when they selected David Carr out of Fresno State during their first draft back in 2002. Carr subsequently led the franchise to five losing seasons, being sacked a whopping 249 times along the way.
Looking at the quarterback class in this draft, there are plenty of gems that can be found in the later rounds. There is a quartet of SEC quarterbacks in the draft who will fit in this category, including A.J. McCarron of Alabama, Zach Mettenberger of LSU, Aaron Murray of Georgia and Connor Shaw of South Carolina.
Mettenberger and Murray are both dealing with knee injuries, which will guarantee that they will have a year to learn the system before being thrown on the field.
If there is any reason why they should trade the pick, it’s that they are sure to get very good value for it. In 2012, the St. Louis Rams held the second overall pick and not needing a quarterback, they sent the pick to the Washington Redskins for the no. 6 and no. 39 picks in the 2012 draft, as well as first-round picks in 2013 and 2014.
St. Louis then sent the no. 6 pick to the Dallas Cowboys for the no. 14 and no. 45 picks. They were able to fill desperate positional needs with all of these picks while Washington has struggled since selecting quarterback Robert Griffin III. Washington struggled so much this season that the 2014 pick they sent to St. Louis has turned out to be the second overall.