Texans considering top 3 quarterback prospects for No. 1 overall pick

AP

The Houston Texans were considered to be a potential Super Bowl threat in the AFC last season up until Matt Schaub’s bubble burst.

Schaub fell apart as the team’s starting quarterback and lost his job to Case Keenum as the Texans plummeted to the worst record in the league. It’s made finding a new signal caller the top priority for the Texans this offseason.

With the No. 1 pick in the draft, the Texans will have their choice of any quarterback in the 2014 draft class and the team is doing their due diligence to breakdown the group.

According to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater, Center Florida’s Blake Bortles and Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel are all being “seriously considered” for the top pick in the draft.

While none of the three quarterbacks are thought to be the most talented player in the draft – that distinction is commonly thought to fall to South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney or Auburn tackle Greg Robinson – it is the most glaring need for the Texans at the game’s most pivotal position.

With a Pro Bowl defensive end in J.J. Watt and a Pro Bowl left tackle in Duane Brown already on their roster, it appears likely that quarterback will be the direction the Texans will go with their top selection in May.

27 responses to “Texans considering top 3 quarterback prospects for No. 1 overall pick

  1. In terms of fit, I like Bridgewater for Houston. Other than that it would be a massive reach to take Bortles or Manziel over Clowney in terms of value. If they don’t take Bridgewater or Clowney they’d be better served to trade down IMO. This is going to be a good year to trade down with some elite talent in the top 8, and solid depth through to the third round.

  2. What happen to the BPA it seem they are going for need and leave the best player it the draft on the board and reach for a “QB” that will not help them this year.

  3. The Texans would be better off signing Mark Sanchez than drafting any of these QBs. I seriously doubt any materialize into anything more than a career back up.

  4. Trade back and sign Matt Cassel. Draft a qb next year and get some depth. Especially at LB! Holy crap are we behind there. Honestly, if they don’t take a MLB in the 2nd round, the position is gonna look slim come next season.

  5. McLain has been saying that all along. Which doesn’t make it any more than a stubborn opinion. Obviously QB is the biggest need in Houston, but if they don’t think one of them is worth going “all in” on, then they go in another direction. I don’t think they will draft a QB, because nothing says “all in” for an NFL management team more than using the first overall pick in the draft on a particular player. If there is a smidgen of doubt, you take the safe route.

  6. I wonder if the fact that running back All-Pro/Pro Bowl Arian Foster only played 8 games, Pro Bowl tight end Owen Daniels played only 5 games, and Kevin Walter was not re-signed had anything to do with Matt Schaub-led offense looked terrible.

    Hmmm….

  7. If teams like Cleveland,Jacksonville and Oakland can muster up more wins than a projected SB contender using multiple QBs too,there’s probably something else going on than the guy tossing the pigskin. I think next years draft may be equal to or slightly better than this year regarding QBs,grab Clowney…then again,I’m sitting on my couch and not scouting for the Texans.

  8. I think Manziel has the best possibility out of these guys to pull a Geno Smith/Matt Barkley where he just falls and continues to fall.

    If one of those teams up top fall in love with him, I wouldn’t be surprised to see it happen. If not, I also wouldn’t be surprised to see him slide to the late 2nd or early 3rd. If he doesn’t go early, a lot of teams either don’t need to go QB with their first pick, or will question his size/off the field stuff. Early 2nd, you would think the teams that needed qbs addressed it in the 1st.

    A team like Philly for example, I could see drafting him in the 2nd round (they won’t do it in the first, unless they find someone who has no business on the board on offense, they will go d in the 1st, or possibly trade down), if he is the highest player on their board by a decent amount. Especially if Vick find that starting job he’s looking for elsewhere (and it’s looking like he will)

  9. Trade down, Texas. None of them are sure things. A bust at this pick will set you back 10 years. Let somebody else take the chance and you can probably still get one of these three later.

  10. No they aren’t. They want the Jags to trade up so they can still draft Clowney, sign a vet and draft a QB in the 2nd. Any QB talk is a smokescreen. None of those 3 qbs are doing squat for at least 3 years if they’re lucky.

  11. Idiots in the front office…they should get defense in 1st round, then best QB at position 33– they’ll screw up again, and we’ll get to hear a bunch of Texans fans saying “We’ll win it all next year…” again. I’ll laugh and laugh some more when that happens. Texans fans talk a lot of smack for only having one two division title in 10+ years.

  12. I don’t know, you put clowny on that defense and I think I could be the QB and win. He would be a hard guy to pass up in my opinion. Good QBs can be found in later rounds as history has proven.

  13. I love the people clamoring for the Texans to trade down…. I’m sure they would if they could get good value, but the #1 overall pick hasn’t been traded since the Texans have existed….

    I, like many, just hope it’s not Bortles…. And to be honest… I’d much rather cut Schaub and then try to resign him than sign Cassell… Cassell had 1 good year when O’Brien was the WR coach…. absolutely nothing since then….

  14. If they evaluate Clowney as the best overall talent in the draft, then take him. If Clowney lives up to the hype, then both Clowney and Watt in the pass rush could be devastating. They could use their 2nd round pick on a QB such as McCarron or Metzenberger.

  15. Clowney or Robinson with the 1st pick, Garapollo 1st pick, round 2. Get Josh McCown as an interim free agent, or Matt Cassel, while Garapollo or Keenum develop.
    I’d rather see Robinson as that 1st pick, because we’ve been weak on O-line for FAR too long – in fact, always. No QB can play great without protection, and that’s always been a weakness for us.

  16. Houston – Just sit down and talk to Vince Young…
    There are a lot worse QBs on NFL rosters that has never had the success Vince Young has had …(NFL Rookie of the Year, 2 Pro Bowls, Playoff experience and Mobility). Vince has a career winning record of 31-19…
    I hope he gets another chance even if it’s third string…

  17. theyll take clowney

    im not a seahawks fan but they proved that a dominant pass rush is required to win the big game in dramatic fashion. who wouldnt like it if your team blew out your opponents in the super bowl? you have to be able to rush with a front 4. if the texans dont take clowney they are saying we dont believe in a defensive philosophy used to dominate the super bowl that we could easily replicate by getting this one guy.

    if the texans are on the upswing they will take clowney. anyone else is saying they dont understand the trends of todays nfl.

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