We know that the Texans like Jadeveon Clowney. What NFL team doesn’t? But after he ran a 4.53 in the 40 yard dash at the Scouting Combine, can they possibly pass on him?
The Texans already have one of the best defensive players in the league in DE J.J. Watt. Watt needs help getting pressure on the quarterback and someone to take pressure off of him, and what better a player to do it than the most talented player in this year’s draft class?
Strictly speaking about talent and potential, there is no better player in this year’s draft than Jadeveon Clowney. If the Texans didn’t have such a dilemma at the QB position, this would be an easy choice and we wouldn’t even have to discuss it. Even after a down year statistically, Clowney still reigns as the top prospect in this draft.
With the Texans, he could do a lot of damage.
Having so many players coming back from injury, the Texans obviously feel like they can win ‘now’. There aren’t many great options in free agency, nor is there a clear-cut #1 overall pick in this draft. If the Texans take Clowney, could they give it a shot with Bill O’Brien and Matt Schaub, while developing a 2nd round QB? Do they wait until next year to find their QB of the future?
Right now, a lot of media outlets are saying that’s what they’re going to do, or at least try to. The idea of adding a player like Clowney is simply too rare for the Texans to pass on, bringing back memories of the 2006 NFL Draft when they made the wise choice to take Mario Williams over Reggie Bush and Vince Young.
Williams is still the best player among the three, for what it’s worth.
The Texans need a QB, but in terms of building this team for the future they may not be able to pass on Clowney.