With the top pick, the Texans take Jadeveon Clowney

AP

When the phone didn’t ring, or at least didn’t offer the right information, the Texans made the only choice they could make.

And it shouldn’t have been a hard one.

With no one willing to meet their asking price for the top pick in the draft, the Texans simply chose the best player in the NFL Draft — South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.

While Clowney might not be viewed as an ideal fit in a 3-4 defense, the possibility of adding a generational pass-rusher was too much to ignore. His athleticism is rare regardless of his position, and he’ll team with J.J Watt to give the Texans the chance for incredible pressure.

The Texans still need a quarterback, but are apparently content to either make a deal for a Patriots backup Ryan Mallett, or draft one tomorrow.

They won’t stand pat with Ryan Fitzpatrick (or the rest of their odd lot of passers), but with Clowney on the other side of the ball, opposing quarterbacks won’t be able to stand still for very long.