Former NFL scout Russ Lande cites ‘trusted sources’ who have told him that the Texans are leaning toward drafting either Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles or Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel with the top overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
The interesting thing here is that the name Teddy Bridgewater is left off the radar, though Lande seems to refute the report of Texans beat man John McClain by saying the team would also consider drafting South Carolina star defensive player Jadeveon Clowney.
There’s almost no doubt the Texans will be taking a quarterback with the first overall pick. They benched Matt Schaub this past season and while Case Keenum showed some flashes, it’s clear that this is the most unsettled position on the team, and getting an offensive guy like Bill O’Brien as your head coach you’d have to expect one of the first orders of business will be to get a new young QB in there.
Rob Rang over at CBS Sports seems to think the Texans will take Jadeveon Clowney, but Dane Brugler has them going with Blake Bortles, a name that seems to heat up more and more every week.
The Texans have a lot of holes to fill on their roster, but getting a good young QB will help this team contend for an AFC South title right away, especially if they can get a guy who doesn’t make a ton of mistakes.
For my money, I’d bet on Johnny Manziel having the highest ceiling of any QB in the draft but some people–and maybe rightfully so–question his work ethic.
This is a huge decision for Houston, and they only have three more months to figure it out.