2014 NFL Draft: Houston Texans Make Right Decision Drafting Jadeveon Clowney

Houston Texans Select Jadeveon Clowney

Getty Images

Having the first pick in the 2014 NFL Draft can be a blessing and a curse, but the Houston Texans made the right decision by selecting Jadeveon Clowney.

After a 12-win season in 2012, things completely fell apart for Houston in 2013 as the team only won two games. The Texans were often criticized for being one dimensional by relying on Arian Foster to literally carry the offense, and as soon as he was injured, the offense started to self destruct. Veteran Matt Schaub was booed until he lost his starting role, but rookie Case Keenum was not able to fare much better.

Surprisingly, the defense remained strong against the pass ranking third and only allowed an average of 195.2 passing yards a game, but rushing attacks proved more difficult to contain as Houston ranked 23rd in allowed rushing yards. The offense clearly needs to find a signal caller who can make plays without always having to rely on Foster, but having the first pick in the draft does not mean you have to fill gaps. By adding Clowney, the Texans did what they felt was best for the future of the organization.

Without receiving any further value with potential trades, the Texans signed the best player in the draft. He has been called everything from a rare talent to a once in a lifetime player, and Houston had to get him on the team. It will still need to look for a quarterback, but this move was the only move the Texans could make.

Look for this defense to be even more dominant in the next few years because of the excellent decision of the Texans.

Jack Delaney is a fantasy football writer for Rantsports.com. You can follow him on Twitter @jackbmore13, “Like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google


Around the Web