2014 NFL Draft: 5 Houston Texans Rumors You Need to Know

The Latest Draft Rumors Surrounding the Texans

Jadeveon Clowney
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Coming off the worst campaign of the 2014 NFL season, the Houston Texans are desperate to make upgrades to their roster. They made a few moves via free agency, but have yet to make the necessary changes to reassert themselves as contenders. The 2014 NFL Draft can certainly help that situation, though.

With that in mind, here’s a look at the five latest NFL Draft rumors surrounding the Texans.

Will the Texans trade the top pick?

Rick Smith
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Will the Texans trade the top pick?

Rick Smith
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Considering how loaded the 2014 draft class is, the Texans might choose to stockpile picks and trade the first overall selection when May 8 finally rolls around. Even if they traded down a few spots, they’d likely be able to grab one of their top targets while adding a couple of extra draft picks. Unless the Texans are completely sold on one of the top prospects, trading down might just be the best option – that is, if they find a trade partner.

Could Khalil Mack go first overall?

Khalil Mack
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Could Khalil Mack go first overall?

Khalil Mack
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While it’s not the popular pick, there’s plenty of evidence to suggest that Mack is the top overall talent of the 2014 class. Outside linebacker isn’t exactly the Texans’ biggest need, but they could choose to take that route if they follow the “Best Player Available” draft strategy. Mack would be an excellent addition to the Houston defense, but seems a bit unlikely considering the team’s huge need at quarterback.

Houston to use top pick on Blake Bortles?

Blake Bortles
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Houston to use top pick on Blake Bortles?

Blake Bortles
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The early assumption is that the Texans will go quarterback with the first overall pick. They recently got rid of Matt Schaub, leaving Case Keenum and Ryan Fitzpatrick as the top two passers on the roster. Considering the lack of franchise-caliber talent, Houston might be ready to upgrade. Bortles is considered the favorite to steal that top spot of the draft, but there are still some lingering concerns about his long-term potential.

Texans to trade Andre Johnson for first-rounder?

Andre Johnson
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Texans to trade Andre Johnson for first-rounder?

Andre Johnson
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While there’s little to this rumor right now, the idea has been floated around considering how many receiver-needy teams there are. The Oakland Raiders and Carolina Panthers could be options, and the Texans could use the extra first-round pick. However, Johnson is still a top-tier NFL receiver, and his departure would leave the Texans without a proven top target. Seems unlikely, but crazier things have happened.

Is Jadeveon Clowney the best bet at No. 1?

Jadeveon Clowney
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Is Jadeveon Clowney the best bet at No. 1?

Jadeveon Clowney
David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

Most draft folks around the Interwebs would agree that Clowney is the top prospect of the 2014 draft class. In terms of natural talent and ability, they would be correct. There are some lingering questions about his passion for the game and motivation, but if there’s one once-in-a-generation player available, it’s Clowney. If the Texans opt against going with a quarterback at No. 1, it’ll be hard to pass up on a pass rusher like Clowney.

Gil Alcaraz IV is the Director of Content for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @GilAlcarazIV, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.


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