The Houston Texans made the right move by selecting Jadeveon Clowney with the first pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, but the organization will now miss out on having a potential franchise quarterback at the start of the season.
The Texans were in a no-win situation, and the decision to draft Clowney was a predetermined one made months ago. I think the team desperately wanted to trade down, as it would have provided wiggle room to select Johnny Manziel or Teddy Bridgewater, but a willing partner could not be found. The Texans would have missed out on the best player in the draft by trading down, but they would have been criticized even more for taking Blake Bortles. Now that the first round is over and Manziel, Bridgewater and Bortles are off the board, the Texans need to wait until 2015 to select a quarterback.
Houston needs an Andrew Luck type quarterback who can go in his rookie year and take things over. I don’t think any of the quarterbacks selected in the first round are that type of guy right at this moment, but those were the best talents at the position available. Now, unfortunately for Houston, the remaining available signal-callers are not an upgrade for Case Keenum or Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Media outlets would have a field day if the Texans drafted Derek Carr, as his brother David Carr was the first pick for Houston in the 2002 NFL Draft. The younger Carr put up big numbers at Fresno State, but his competition in the Mountain West Conference probably hasn’t helped him to prepare for NFL defenses. Quarterbacks Tom Savage, Aaron Murray and Jimmy Garoppolo are the biggest names remaining, but I have a feeling Carr and Garoppolo are the two signal-callers Houston is targeting.
With Arian Foster and Andre Johnson aging, the Texans really need to add more offensive weapons in order to allow a quarterback to be successful. Young receiver DeAndre Hopkins looks like a bright spot in the offense, but that is not enough to win the AFC South. With a lack of weapons and the inability to lead a team, the remaining quarterbacks in this draft would have terrible careers in Houston.
Waiting another year for a quarterback will help to decide if Case Keenum is worth keeping around, and it will provide time to add new talent on the offense through free agency or next year’s draft. It may not be the answer that fans like, but it this is the way it has to be.
The Texans had the chance to find a potential franchise quarterback, but now the opportunity has passed them.