When you say NFL Draft expert, the first name that usually comes to mind is Mel Kiper Jr. Is he the best? Maybe not, but he’s the biggest name in the business today. Let’s see who he has the Texans selecting with their first two picks in the draft.
Mel Kiper Jr. Mock Draft (Insider)
#1 Overall – Jadeveon Clowney
Analysis: I’m certain the debate about which player to take still exists, and whether the pick could be moved. I still think this could be a quarterback. But I believe that while more than one “safe” pick exists in this draft, it’s hard to play it safer in terms of upside than selecting a generational physical talent, a guy who has exceptional physical skills and the ability to bring immediate impact and create consistent matchup problems up front as teams deal with the reality of how to block both Clowney and J.J. Watt. The questions on Clowney still aren’t enough to diminish the potential impact. He’s the top prospect in a draft full of very good ones, and I think Houston will feel the same.
#33 Overall – Teddy Bridgewater
I won’t pull his exact quote from the article as this part is part is available to only Insiders. Kiper basically notes that he believes a quarterback may fall and Bridgewater may fall to the Texans at this point. Kiper has Bridgewater ranked as the best quarterback on his board, though he still has Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortles, and Derek Carr going ahead of Bridgewater.
I think I speak for all Texans fans who would love for this scenario to play out during the 2014 NFL Draft. It may not be Bridgewater who falls to #33 but it’s certainly possibly one of the Tier I quarterbacks falls into the Texans lap with the first pick in the second round.