Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr., the two draft experts at ESPN, released their 5th mock draft of the offseason, and they both agree on the player the Texans should select; Jadeveon Clowney.
Analysis: I still think this is the best and most logical pick for the Texans at No. 1. They obviously need a quarterback, but there isn’t one rated highly enough to justify taking him over the best prospect in this draft. Clowney is the most talented defensive lineman I’ve ever evaluated, and you simply don’t get many opportunities to take a player with his physical ability. Houston can either target a QB with the No. 33 overall pick or trade back into the first round to take one.
Analysis: No change here from the last mock. I’ll also say again that I believe the Texans are still evaluating multiple options for this pick and certainly would listen to offers, but in this scenario, I feel they will ultimately go with the best player available. I know people will question scheme fit, but guys like Clowney, and certainly J.J. Watt, really transcend scheme. You shift the gap assignments and alignments for guys like these, and you’re still going to see major disruption. If you skip sack totals and focus on disruption, Clowney really wasn’t a lesser player in 2013 than he was in 2012.
In McShay’s mock draft, he has two quarterbacks being selected in the first round; Johnny Manziel (#4) and Blake Bortles (#8).
In Kiper’s mock draft, he has three quarterbacks being selected in the first round; Johnny Manziel (#4), Blake Bortles (#8), and Derek Carr (#20).
Both mock drafts don’t include Teddy Bridgewater in the first round.