By Anthony Blake on March 31, 2014
Holding the No. 1 overall pick can be seen as both a blessing and a curse in many ways. Busts at the top of the draft have the propensity to set a franchise back for years while booms can propel a marginal team to greatness in a short amount of time. It’s easy to see why the Houston Texans shouldn’t consider anyone not named Jadeveon Clowney with the top overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, but these five guys are absolutely mandatory to avoid.
He may have slipped a bit with his pre-draft workouts, but Teddy Bridgewater is still widely considered the most pro-ready of the QB prospects in this class. Bill O’Brien will be looking for a new signal-caller having just shipped Matt Schaub to the Oakland Raiders, but taking Bridgewater with the top overall pick would be career suicide for the first-year head coach.
Incredibly, this trendy, go against the grain mentality among NFL front offices has actually linked former Buffalo standout Khalil Mack to the Texans at No. 1 overall. While they may have shocked the world and hit a home run once upon a time by choosing Mario Williams over Reggie Bush with the top pick, taking Mack just has too many potential pitfalls to actually pull the trigger.
Yes, Bill O’Brien will eventually need to find the franchise’s future under center, but Blake Bortles is too unrefined to take with the top overall pick. Though he has the top physical upside among all QB prospects in this year’s class, there’s still too much bust potential to be taken No. 1 overall. It would behoove the Texans to choose a safer commodity with such a high selection.
Another off-the-wall pick rumored for Houston is to take Sammy Watkins to groom behind Andre Johnson and pair with former Clemson teammate DeAndre Hopkins at wideout. This may sound good on the surface, but someone has to throw these guys the football. Watkins may wind up being an absolute stud at the next level, but the bust factor at wide receiver is too high to risk it. Just ask Matt Millen.
Ah, yes. The man everyone is hoping the Texans select is the clear-cut choice for the top guy to avoid in the 2014 NFL Draft. Though Johnny Manziel would put fannies in the seats and undoubtedly energize the fanbase with his Texas ties and exciting style of play, the bust factor is off the charts on this kid. Add his spoiled attitude to his unorthodox style of play and you get a grease-fire just waiting to happen.
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