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

Teddy Bridgewater 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.

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27 Responses to “Texans considering top 3 quarterback prospects for No. 1 overall pick”
  1. 123makarov says: Mar 7, 2014 12:16 AM

    Bridgewater or bust.

  2. ggallin4evr says: Mar 7, 2014 12:20 AM

    Huh

  3. mountme says: Mar 7, 2014 12:21 AM

    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.

  4. Soulman45 says: Mar 7, 2014 12:23 AM

    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.

  5. 11stanleycups says: Mar 7, 2014 12:26 AM

    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.

  6. realfootballfan says: Mar 7, 2014 12:32 AM

    They’re going to take Borles. It’s also going to cost O’Brien his job in 3 years.

  7. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Mar 7, 2014 12:33 AM

    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.

  8. trollhammer20 says: Mar 7, 2014 12:49 AM

    If I’m them, I’m doing everything I possibly can to trade down.

  9. chargrz says: Mar 7, 2014 12:51 AM

    They should trade back a couple of spots and still land one of the 3 QB’s.

  10. prosourcetalk says: Mar 7, 2014 12:51 AM

    They will regret passing on Clowney

  11. meatcarroll says: Mar 7, 2014 12:58 AM

    The Texans can thank Richard Sherman for sending them into that death spiral.

  12. thegreatgabbert says: Mar 7, 2014 1:08 AM

    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.

  13. doctorrustbelt says: Mar 7, 2014 1:38 AM

    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….

  14. campcouch says: Mar 7, 2014 1:52 AM

    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.

  15. believeland2014 says: Mar 7, 2014 2:32 AM

    lol Sucks for those teams who need a QB when we already have our star QB in Brian Hoyer. I pity those teams hahaha

    #BELIEVELAND
    SUPER BOWL CHAMPS 2014

  16. sumkat says: Mar 7, 2014 4:02 AM

    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)

  17. dcapettini says: Mar 7, 2014 5:41 AM

    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.

  18. ravenswhat says: Mar 7, 2014 7:19 AM

    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.

  19. notwithkubiak says: Mar 7, 2014 8:47 AM

    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.

  20. patbetw says: Mar 7, 2014 9:33 AM

    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.

  21. 8to80texansblog says: Mar 7, 2014 10:36 AM

    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….

  22. scw1993 says: Mar 7, 2014 10:41 AM

    Coach O’Brien will take the best available, and that’s Clowney.

  23. cubbies1967 says: Mar 7, 2014 12:04 PM

    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.

  24. paulallee says: Mar 7, 2014 1:30 PM

    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.

  25. mtgman2004 says: Mar 7, 2014 1:54 PM

    Take Clowney and 1 of these 3 quarterbacks will be there when the Texans pick again in round 2.

  26. evansvc says: Mar 8, 2014 10:04 PM

    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…

  27. seniordgaf says: Mar 22, 2014 3:21 AM

    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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