Texans looking at Blake Bortles, Jadeveon Clowney, Johnny Manziel with first overall pick

Who should the Texans take with the #1 overall pick?

4/2/14 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5234 respect

Feb 24, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks Jadeveon Clowney runs the 40 yard dash during the 2014 NFL Combines at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY SportsThe Houston Texans have quite a few needs, as evidenced by their 2-14 record last year.

They earned the #1 pick in the NFL Draft, and now they need to decide exactly what they're going to do with it.

The options seem pretty clear: uber-prospect DE Jadeveon Clowney or a QB.

The top quarterbacks in the draft whom the Texans are rumored to be considering are Johnny Manziel and Blake Bortles. Manziel is easily the most athletic QB available and is a local player, starring at Texas A&M. He would undoubtedly put fans in the seats, and he could probably make their offense a lot better.

Bortles is the more traditionally capable QB, with the more classic skill set. He's not spectacular, but he'll get the job done wherever he goes. Former Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater is also projected to go early in the first round, but has not been tied to the Texans as of yet.

The best player available, however, is almost certainly Clowney. He's a physical freak, and can get to the quarterback (or running back) as well as any prospect we've seen in years. A defensive line featuring Clowney on the end and perennial NFL Defensive Player of the Year candidate JJ Watt would be among the best in the league.

There are a few other quarterbacks in the draft who might go a bit later than Bortles and Manziel, yet still have the talent to develop into solid NFL quarterbacks. The Texans would probably be better off going that route, and securing Clowney (the best player available) with the top pick.

If they miss out on Manziel and Bortles, they could still land someone like Jimmy Garappolo, AJ McCarron or Zach Mettenberger.

The Texans should grab Clowney with the first overall pick. You just can't let a transcendent talent like that get away.
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4/3/14   |   Scott   |   54625 respect

I think if you take Clowney with the first pick and then grab one of the "2nd tier" quarterbacks at the beginning of the 2nd round, you immediately fill two of your biggest needs.  If you take Bortles or Manziel first, you may fill a need in the 2nd round but it wouldn't be with a freak of nature like Clowney

4/2/14   |   marcus_nyce   |   27741 respect

I agree with the Clowney pick. JJ & he would form some kind of defensive Avengers Initiative.