QB or not QB? That is the question.
I believe that is a famous line from a William Shakespeare play. No? Oh well, even if it wasn’t written by Shakespeare (which is highly likely), I hope that is the question all members of the Houston Texans staff will be asking themselves over the coming months in preparation for the NFL draft in early May.
In the weeks that the city of Houston has had to recover from the train wreck that was the 2013 Houston Texans, there seems to be three popular options with what the Texans should do with the #1 overall pick:
3) Trade down and acquire a number of draft picks for this draft and future drafts
The second and third options on this list do not appeal to me, and here’s why:
- Clowney is a special talent, I get that, but I think it was clear to see that our defensive line wasn’t the main reason our team lost 14 games in a row to end the season. This defense was banged up with injuries all year. Brian Cushing and Danieal Manning were two guys that any defense would struggle to not have on their team.
- Trading down does not always work out and you don’t always get a good deal. There is no RG3 in this draft, I think we can all agree on that, so the Texans are not going to get a boat load of good picks like St. Louis did from Washington. It’s not very often that a team gets the #1 pick in the NFL, or hopefully not very often, and I think the Rick Smith and Bill O’Brien need to pull the trigger on this gift they have and take a franchise QB.
Now for option number one, I am fully on board with this and don’t have a very strong preference between Bridgewater, Bortles, or Manziel because they were all great in college.
All three of them will not be great in the NFL. Heck, only one of them may turn out to be a good to great NFL quarterback, but that would still mean the Texans have a 33% chance of landing a QB that can lead them for many years to come.
That’s a 33% increase compared to the quarterbacks Bill O’Brien has on his roster right now. Bridgewater has the leadership and poise, Bortles has the toughness and physique, and Manziel has the excitement and game-changing abilities.
If they could all morph into one quarterback, that would be really great for the Texans, but that’s about as likely to happen as Shakespeare actually writing the quote at the top of this article. What could happen is that one of those quarterbacks may develop one of the others skills and separate himself from the rest of the pack.
Whether it’s Bridgewater, Bortles, or Manziel, it doesn’t really matter to me. I just ask that the Texans take a chance with a quarterback because in my opinion it’s better to strike out swinging than to strike out looking, and if Rick Smith strikes out looking this year he could be looking for a new job this time next year.