As the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft draws near, reports and rumors of what the Houston Texans plan to do with the top pick (No. 33 overall) are abundant. Most of those murmurs strongly indicate Derek Carr is the top player on their second-round draft board, and he would be a polarizing pick for Houston.
The Texans were reportedly planning on taking Teddy Bridgewater with the first pick on Friday night, but the Minnesota Vikings must have gotten wind of that because they traded up to the final pick of the first round and snatched the Louisville quarterback.
Now with a couple of hours left to make a decision, Houston has apparently done so.
Assuming no trade comes through — like the one for Ryan Mallett that was rumored right before the start of the first round — the Texans are rumored to be planning on taking Carr 12 years after the then-expansion franchise made his older brother the first overall pick in the 2002 NFL Draft.
Ed Werder tweeted Friday afternoon the Texans have roughly five quarterbacks on their board and confirmed Carr was one of them. The other number of rumors make it apparent Carr is No. 1 on that list, which should excite Houston fans, not discourage them.
Forget Carr’s last name and his relationship to his older brother. For starters, they’re very different players and, more importantly, the Texans are no longer an expansion team with a terrible roster. The elder Carr had no shot of being successful and was sacked a staggering 76 times; no quarterback can succeed while lying on his back.
With plenty of weapons around him and a competent coach in Bill O’Brien, Carr would be a great pick for the Texans in the second round and they’re wise if he’s truly their top target on Friday night.