Houston Texans Willing To Trade #1 Pick in NFL Draft

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. 

Andre Johnson

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 

Johnny Manziel Houston Texans
Texas A&M Quarterback Johnny Manziel.

Manziel hasn’t formally announced that he will turn pro yet, but with him being a “hometown” kid, a legend at Texas A&M and being from the state of Texas, he will gain the excitement of the Texans fan base as well as the rest of the NFL immediately. 

Fans & GMs may not like his wild style when the pocket breaks down & that he doesn’t always take big hits well, but the guy can get the ball down the field & no one has been as dynamic coming out of college since Michael Vick was an electric rookie with the Atlanta Falcons. 

With Manziel, the off-field issues will always be a question, but what he showed this season is that during all of the celebrating and partying, he was working feverishly on his game as he was a far better passer and scrambler than he was in 2012 when he won the Heisman Trophy. 

Teddy Bridgewater – QB, Louisville 

Teddy Bridgewater
Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater.

I am still working on seeing where Bridgewater is a #1 overall pick in this draft, which could be a big reason why the Texans are possibly willing to trade out of that position. Bridgewater is a solid QB prospect, but with his size & lack of bulk, that could be a concern in terms of seeing over defenses and making plays if everything breaks down on him. 

Had Bridgewater kept Louisville undefeated and not suffered a loss to eventual Fiesta Bowl champion University of Central Florida, Teddy would have been invited to the Heisman Trophy ceremony in New York City without question. 

He & Manziel are similar in that way – both quarterbacks, however, can lead their teams to victories when needed and can perform in big moments. But neither scream franchise player, however, this man does – 

Jadeveon Clowney – DE – South Carolina

Jadeveon Clowney
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. 

A.J. McCarron
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. 

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