What a difference a year makes. Coming into the 2013-14 NFL season, the Houston Texans looked the part of a Super Bowl contender. Coming off a 12-4 2012 season, it appeared that the Texans were primed to make a run to the Super Bowl. However, things didn’t turn out as planned for the franchise, as they went 2-14 in 2013, prompting a coaching change and raising questions about just how talented the Texans really are.
However, incoming head coach Bill O’Brien brings new life to this stagnating franchise, and it’s a distinct possibility that a breath of fresh air is all this team needs to rebound to their previous levels. The team certainly has the talent to contend, however, one of the main reasons that this team saw such a dramatic downfall is that fact that starting quarterback Matt Schaub seemed to lose his previous pro-bowl level ability, and that really is the biggest reason why the Texans went into such a tailspin. Now, however, Houston holds the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, and they have the opportunity to do a few different things with their selection.
There are three different ways that Houston could choose to go with their top pick…
Select a Franchise Quarterback
As previously stated, Texans QB Matt Schaub suffered through a nightmare of a season. This is a man that went from close to pro bowl level, to backup in less than a season, and as a result, Schaub is unlikely to be viewed as a back up in the NFL going forward. However, seeing as though Houston holds the No. 1 selection, it’s very possible they select a franchise QB at the top of the draft, effectively ending the Schaub era in Houston. Teddy Bridgewater, Blake Bortles and even Johnny Manziel are all guys that the team could look to add, as all three would present the potential to be a franchise quarterback sometime down the road. It’s very likely Houston decides to draft their QB of the future at the top of the draft.
Select Jadeveon Clowney
Imagine a defensive line that consists of both Jadeveon Clowney AND J.J. Watt. Texans owner Bob McNair is apparently pretty high on Clowney, and there is no doubt that if the Texans do decide to take Clowney with the top pick, they could potentially end up with the best defensive end combination in the league in just a few seasons. If the Texans do decide to go with Clowney with the No. 1 pick, it would certainly be hard to argue against their logic.
This is the scenario that perhaps most benefits the Texans in the draft. By trading down, Houston has the ability to stockpile their picks, and in the process, add a slew of young talent, as opposed to landing just one player. You can bet that Houston looks at the St. Louis Rams trade of the No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft and wonders if they could perhaps get as much in return as St. Louis did. No doubt, trading down is arguably the ideal scenario for the Texans on draft day, as they could fill multiple needs with the extra picks they acquire, instead of taking care of just one need by staying where they are at in the draft.