Texans beat writer John McClain mentions that although the team won’t admit it publicly, they are expected to draft a quarterback with the No. 1 overall pick.
- McClain adds that no quarterback prospect is ahead of the other as of this point in the draft process.
Texans owner Bob McNair previously told reporters that they are open to making the No. 1 overall selection available for trade while also suggesting that they could draft a quarterback at some point.
“Maybe we’ll trade down and still get a quarterback that can do the job and get an outstanding defensive player,” McNair said, via ESPN.com. “It’s an exciting time. Everything’s a moving target. Lot of different pieces.”
There is no question that Houston needs a long-term prospect in place at the quarterback position, and the hiring of Bill O’Brien, who is known for working with and developing quarterbacks, further suggests that they will come away with one this May.
ESPN’s Mel Kiper stirred up a bit of controversy on Wednesday after the release of his first 2014 NFL Mock Draft. Kiper has Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel going No. 1 overall to the Texans with Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater dropping to the Vikings at No. 8 overall.
For months now, Bridewater has been the consensus No. 1 player in the 2014 draft class, but it appears as though not everyone is sold him. UCF’s Blake Bortles has done enough to enter the discussion as well, and some draft analysts have mocked him to Houston. It’s also worth noting that South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney could also be in play for them as well.
The Texans have held the No. 1 pick twice in their short existence — selecting QB David Carr and DE Mario Williams. In fact, every head coach for the Texans has began their tenure with the first overall selection.