For much of the last few months, many “draft experts” have wavered between the Texans selecting Jadeveon Clowney or a quarterback. Most “experts” now have the Texans selecting Clowney with the first overall pick, and some even believe the Texans could get a Tier I quarterback in round two. Blake Bortles, Johnny Manziel, and Teddy Bridgewater are considered the top three quarterbacks in this year’s draft class and it’s possible the Texans could end up with one of them with their second pick.
Yesterday, Mel Kiper Jr. (ESPN) released his mock draft and he had the Texans selecting Clowney at #1 and a Tier I quarterback in the second round. Click here to see which QB he had the Texans taking in round two.
Who does Chris Burke (Sports Illustrated) think the Texans will take in the first round?
#1 – Jadeveon Clowney
That’s not to say that Teddy Bridgewater or Johnny Manziel or Blake Bortles would be a total bust as the No. 1 pick, or that Clowney is a sure bet — there really are no guarantees when it comes to the draft. Coaching staffs and GMs hang their tenures on top-10 QBs, though, so to draft one a team has to be totally sold, beyond a shadow of a doubt. Even if the Texans have a hankering for Bortles, they don’t seem to have reached that level quite yet.
In Clowney, they may be drafting the league’s next great defensive superstar. Pairing him with J.J. Watt off the edge would turn the Texans into a borderline unblockable pass-rushing machine. This is the safest, smartest pick in this spot.
#20 – Blake Bortles
Why, hello there. By all accounts at the moment, the Texans are wavering between Clowney and Bortles at No. 1 overall. So, how could they pass up the opportunity to add both, even at the expense of their second- and third-round picks (plus a random sixth-round selection)? Both Oakland and Jacksonville left the top 10 without adding a franchise QB, so Arizona might be able to hold a bit of a bidding war here. Without anyone jumping off the page for their own pick, the Cardinals can slide back a few spots and pick up another top-65 selection in a deep draft.
Houston, meanwhile, hands away its selections atop Rounds 2 and 3 to add a second Round 1 pick. Rarely do teams have the opportunity to secure the two players they want most in the draft. Houston accomplishes the feat within the top 20, landing a potential superstar on defense and now a QB that Bill O’Brien might able to mold into a long-time starter.
Yep. A trade up. Burke had the Texans trading picks 33, 65, 181, and a 2015 third-rounder to Arizona for pick No. 20. This is a deal that would make sense for the Texans to make if Bill O’Brien believes Bortles is the quarterback of the future.
How do you feel about this scenario, Texans fans?