5 Potential 1st-Round Scenarios for the Houston Texans in 2014 NFL Draft
5 Potential First-Round Scenarios for the Houston Texans in 2014 NFL Draft
After reaching the divisional round of the playoffs the last two seasons, the Houston Texans had high hopes of making it much farther in the playoffs in 2013. After an expected 2-0 start, the wheels came off as the team suffered a 14-game losing streak, finishing the season 2-14. As a result of having the worst record in the NFL, coach Gary Kubiak was replaced with former Penn State coach Bill O'Brien, who will come in having the No. 1 overall draft pick in this spring's 2014 NFL Draft.
While the 2-14 record is certainly very disappointing, the Texans still have talent on both sides of the ball, with 2012 Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt on defense and the seemingly ageless wonder Andre Johnson on offense. O'Brien will have a chance to have immediate success, especially if Arian Foster can return to being one of the most reliable running backs in the league and if the coach can solve the team's quarterback issues.
After being much maligned throughout his career, Matt Schaub was a huge factor in the team's 2013 collapse. Despite leading the Texans to their only postseason berths in franchise history, it's clear that Schaub's time in Houston is done. T.J. Yates, who started for the Texans in the franchise's first ever playoff game, never got a chance to crack the lineup this season and Case Keenum looks to be no more than a career backup. With that said, the Texans' most likely solution at quarterback will probably come through the NFL Draft.
With so many options for the Houston Texans to explore, let's look at the five most likely scenarios that will take place at the 2014 NFL Draft.
5. Trade the Pick
Texans team owner Bob McNair has said that he is open to trading the No. 1 pick. With quarterback being one of the deepest positions in the draft this year, the Texans could afford to trade down the board and get someone with mid-first round value such as Derek Carr from Fresno State. The top pick would be very enticing for teams looking to get an impact player like Jadeveon Clowney, and therefore the Texans could get a huge haul in return for the first pick in this year's draft.
4. Draft Jadeveon Clowney
Of course, the Texans could keep the pick and draft Clowney who is widely regarded as the best player in this year's draft. Even with the need at quarterback and having Watt at defensive end, pairing Clowney with Watt would create the scariest pass rush in the NFL. If the Texans were drafting based on best player available, they would take Clowney.
3. Draft Teddy Bridgewater
The Texans, like most NFL teams, understand that the quarterback position is the most important in all of sports, relative to a team's success. Therefore, Teddy Bridgewater could be the Texans' guy. Bridgewater was favored to be the No. 1 pick before the 2013 season and had a solid, if not spectacular season at Louisville this year. Out of the three quarterbacks under consideration for the No. 1 pick, Bridgewater is probably the safest pick.
2. Draft Blake Bortles
UCF's Blake Bortles was the biggest riser up draft boards throughout the 2013 college football season. Possessing the unique blend of size and pocket mobility, Bortles skyrocketed to the top of the quarterback rankings after leading his team to a Fiesta Bowl win. Although there is risk involved in drafting a guy who came out of nowhere, there is no denying that Bortles has physical traits that scouts crave.
1. Draft Johnny Manziel
The 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel looks to be a favorite of the Texans' organization. Although he comes with some off-the-field issues, there's no denying that Manziel can be both flashy and successful. Guys like Drew Brees and Super Bowl-winning Russell Wilson have proven that size doesn't mean a thing in the NFL and Manziel possesses the unique ability to be a playmaker whenever the ball is in his hands. Although he appears to be a bit of risky choice, the Texans could reap the benefits of a future superstar in the making.