Jan 1, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Central Florida Knights quarterback Blake Bortles celebrates after defeating the Baylor Bears during the Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium. Central Florida defeated Baylor 52-42. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Draft: Blake Bortles Makes Sense for Houston Texans

The Houston Texans and Blake Bortles have been linked with the number-one overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, but the amount of mock drafts that have other players listed as Houston’s selection is rather shocking.

Among the different players, Khalil Mack has been listed as a potential option for Bill O’Brien’s team at the top of the draft. While Mack might be talented enough to go high this year, the logic isn’t there.

Houston needs a leader…

They need somebody under center who gives them a chance at the playoffs…

Enter Blake Bortles.

With weapons like DeAndre Hopkins and Andre Johnson on the roster, Bortles has the chance – with good decisions – to use his skills in a way that would lead the Texans to a deep 2014 run. You’ve seen the scouting reports, you’ve seen the projections – it’s time to see why it simply makes sense.

While Mack or Jadeveon Clowney would be a huge addition to the defense, it won’t help the team’s Super Bowl chances immediately. After all, many believe that a strong quarterback is all Houston needs to make a deep playoff run. Bortles on the roster would give the team a better chance at a deep run than Clowney or Mack.

Team need is often spotlighted as a “risky” draft strategy, but tell me who needs to be replaced more: Tim Jamison, an average defensive lineman or Case Keenum/Ryan Fitzpatrick, options that have no chance at leading a team to the Super Bowl.


The issue isn’t the talent of the prospect, the issue is the Texans’ desperate need for a leader. Will they have a better chance at the playoffs with Case Keenum under center and Khalil Mack at pass-rusher, or Blake Bortles under center with someone like Dee Ford (second round option) rushing the passer?

It seems to make sense from an outsider’s point of view. Will the Texans organization feel the same way?

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  • Robert Caloonga

    I enjoyed this greatly. I hope keenum gets another shot at leading the offense. I think he has what it takes.

    • Joe Wedra

      Thanks, Robert!

      Keenum might be the answer… It will be very fun to see what happens.

    • bernmac

      Keenum should get another shot… He was absolutely thrown to the wolves last year and was eaten alive through no fault of his own…. Yes I know life isn’t fair and you could say he had his chance and blew it….I think Kubiak blew it in regards to game prep, training, and keeping his staff ready in the event there number is called and Keenum wasn’t ready… Heck a lot of players that were plugged in under Kubiak were not ready… I HOPE Keenum is working HIS TAIL OFF RIGHT NOW and absolutely OWNS that field come OTA’S….Show them Keenum! You can do it!!

      • Robert Caloonga

        Man I hope he is too. I loved watching him at the university of Houston. He has the desire, now he just has to prove it.

  • P2THAR

    What about Clowney at #1, and Carr at #33? That could give them the best player and the guy some scouts feel is the best QB. Obviously there’s a chance Carr is gone by #33 but we’re talking hypothetical, so what’s your thought on that?

    • Joe Wedra

      That’s a perfect world, in my opinion.
      I don’t think it’s likely, but if it happened, it would be perfect for Houston.

  • hexor

    Give Keenum a Real O Line some down field threats…sit back and watch Keenum “Do His Thing!” Keenum is a Future Hall of Fame QB in the right system…Yes I went there!…Keenum had The Best 3 Starts Stats wise EVER!!! Yes EVER! He did that with a broken team that just got worse and gave up! 150yrds in penalties in the first half not one on Keenum…Grab some pop corn or a beer and Go watch some highlights on youtube of Keenum in college…He’s one bad MOFO with a football in his hand! I’m a Raider fan I wish they would have put Keenum in Silver and Black!!!!! Houston should Draft Trent Murphy #1 if you don’t know who he is youtube him he’s a BEAST… Clowneys a bust…LoL