There seems to be more and more people believing that quarterbacks will fall in the upcoming 2014 NFL Draft. Last offseason, Geno Smith was considered the first overall pick for quite some time heading into the draft. Of course, Smith ended up falling to the middle of the second round to the New York Jets, a QB-needy team who passed up on him twice in the first round.
So yes, it’s quite possible guys like Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel, and Blake Bortles will fall. The question is how much will they fall?
Evan Silva (Rotoworld.com) joins Mel Kiper Jr. and Chris Burke in believing the Texans will draft Clowney first overall and a quarterback with their next pick. (Click HERE for Kiper’s mock and HERE for Burke’s mock). Let’s take a peak at Silva’s thoughts on the Texans first two picks.
#1 – Jadeveon Clowney
The Texans have kept their cards close to the vest regarding the draft’s top pick, but Clowney is the odds-on favorite as Houston transitions to Romeo Crennel‘s style of 3-4. Crennel’s defenses have historically relied on outside linebackers to generate pressure, rather than down linemen. Clowney would play the Willie McGinest role in Crennel’s scheme, bookending Whitney Mercilus with Brooks Reed kicking to inside linebacker. Houston can select a quarterback at No. 33 overall.
#33 – Blake Bortles
Securing Bortles at 33 would be a coup for the Texans. It would also more easily allow the team to justify treating Bortles as a developmental quarterback as opposed to starting him in Week 1.
Unlike Burke, Silva believes Bortles could still be available with the Texans second round pick. I’m sure Texans management would be ecstatic with this result, though it does seem a bit unlikely. In Silva’s mock, he has just one quarterback going in the first round, and that’s Manziel to the Browns with the 26th pick. If that were the case, I’d assume another team would try and jump into the first round and snag a quarterback they want, knowing the Texans will be looking to do the same.
I’m not the biggest Bortles fan, but I’d be delighted if he fell to the Texans in the second round.