The Houston Texans are reportedly willing to trade their #1 overall pick in May’s NFL Draft, but should they?
After a rough 3-13 season, the Kansas City Chiefs took the #1 pick, got a new head coach in Andy Reid & new quarterback in Alex Smith, and have now gotten back to the NFL Playoffs this weekend.
But what about the Texans? A team that was supposed to be among the AFC elite this season with Matt Schaub, Andre Johnson, J.J. Watt and Brian Cushing among their top star players.
Well, lets look at this………….Schaub couldn’t stop throwing pick six interceptions, Andre Johnson was frustrated that he has never had a chance to play for a SuperBowl yet after 10 seasons (completely understandable), Cushing was injured for the season & Watt had to be the lone bright spot on defense.
The major issue with the Texans this season was at the quarterback position. Matt Schaub really can’t go into the season as a candidate for starter after the turmoil this season, which got so bad that Texans fans went to his family’s home and berated & threatened them.
But what could the Texans’ options be if they do keep the top pick? Here are some candidates to be the main franchise player for the team –
Johnny Manziel – QB Texas A&M
|Texas A&M Quarterback Johnny Manziel.|
Teddy Bridgewater – QB, Louisville
|Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater.|
Jadeveon Clowney – DE – South Carolina
|South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney.|
Clowney & Watt together on the Texans line could be an absolute nightmare for the rest of the NFL. While people do question Clowney’s motor in terms of taking plays off during the season allegedly to get ready for the NFL Draft, its undeniable that Clowney is the most athletic DE to come into the NFL Draft in many years. He commanded double-teams regularly during his career at South Carolina and was just as athletic pass rushing as well as stopping the run.
If the Texans were to trade out, I could see the team taking a proven commodity that could translate to the next level, which could be a quarterback such as A.J. McCarron from Alabama.
Many people ripped McCarron because he was seen as a game manager and couldn’t take the game over, which is so far from the truth its laughable. So many times, McCarron made the perfect pass at the perfect time of the game, only now has he even had 2 straight losses in college football, and the Auburn loss is not on his shoulders at all.
|Alabama QB A.J. McCarron.|
He was 36-4 as a starter with 2 National Championships and the tutoring from quite possibly the best coach in the history of college football in Nick Saban. McCarron could come in in the 2nd round for the Texans, allow the team to get stronger in other various areas, and have a player that is leader-ready from day 1.