The Houston Texans have a team fully capable of achieving a winning season and contention for a playoff spot in 2014. With a defense that finished the year No. 7 in the NFL, combined with an offense full of talented skill players, the one thing that could help them become the latest worst-to-first team is a franchise quarterback.
They’ve already brought in a QB-friendly head coach in Bill O’Brien, and he’ll likely be pushing for the team to draft a QB high this year.
The No. 1 overall pick allows him to handpick his first signal-caller as a HC, and according to Russ Lande of Sports on Earth, they’re reportedly down to Johnny Manziel of the Texas A&M Aggies and Blake Bortles of the UCF Knights:
Although Manziel would obviously be the choice of owner Bob McNair, O’Brien is not sold that Manziel possesses the work ethic and intangibles necessary to be the face of a franchise.
It has been suggested that the Texans may take a pass rusher with the first selection and try to select their quarterback in the second or third rounds. While this is definitely a possibility, it makes more sense to take a quarterback first overall if they believe one has frontline starter traits/tools, as waiting is a huge risk.
If this is true, that means there will be at least four QBs drafted in the first-round.
Manziel and Bortles would join Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater and Fresno State’s Derek Carr as players to hear their names called on Day 1 of the NFL draft.