Don’t assume that the Houston Texans will still have the first overall pick in the NFL draft when Roger Goodell steps to the podium on May 8.
That’s the word from Texans owner Bob McNair, who suggested today that his team might be able to trade down from the first overall pick and still end up drafting a franchise quarterback, while also using extra picks to bolster the defense.
“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.”
McNair noted that his team has had the first overall pick twice before. In 2002, the Texans chose quarterback David Carr. In 2006, the Texans chose defensive end Mario Williams. Carr was Houston’s starter for five years but didn’t play well and is out of the league now, while Williams has developed into a very good pass rusher. McNair noted that Williams has been a better player than Carr, but also said that doesn’t mean much for what the Texans should do in 2014.
“The defensive player worked out better than the offensive player,” McNair said. “That won’t lock us into anything.”
If the Texans decide to go with a quarterback first overall, the names most frequently mentioned are Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater, Central Florida’s Blake Bortles and Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel. If the Texans could acquire more picks by moving down in a trade and still end up with one of those quarterbacks, that wouldn’t be a bad draft deal at all.