We'll know one way or the other come Thursday night. For now, we're left to speculate what the Texans will do with the first-overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. In recent weeks, the feeling has been that Houston would like to trade out of the pick, presumably because there isn't a quarterback with Andrew Luck-type talent. And if a trade partner can't be found, Jadeveon Clowney, widely considered the best player in the draft, would be the Texans' pick.
On Friday, Texans owner Bob McNair spoke about the team's draft plans.
“Really at this point we don't know and we really won't know until right up at the time we have to make a decision because people are talking to us about the possibility of trading down and it's a question of what people offer, whether their offer is such that it's worthwhile to trade down,” McNair told FOX 26 in Houston, via PFT.
“You take a guy like Clowney,” McNair continued. “He's obviously the best player in the draft, but he's a defensive end. He's not a quarterback. If he's a quarterback and the best player it's easy, but that's not the case. So can that defensive player have a greater impact on the success of your team than one of these quarterbacks? It's not a sure thing that he is. ... If somebody wants you to drop down and they give you two or three more picks that would let you get two or three more quality players, are you a stronger team dropping down a little bit, getting these additional picks and getting more depth?”
The problem, as we mentioned above: In an Andrew Luck-less draft, every quarterback comes with concerns.
“You got three quarterbacks and all of them have some holes in their resume,” McNair said. “A quarterback that goes out and performs for you and is a franchise quarterback is more valuable than a player playing another position, but there's a lot more risk there. It's a more difficult position to play and there are lot more failures.
“You drop down and there's another group close behind, not exactly where they are, and maybe one of those quarterbacks will become better than one of these other three,” McNair said. “There are no slam dunks. There are no Andrew Lucks out there, no Peyton Mannings. If there were it would be an easy decision, but that's not the case.”
However this plays out, McNair is sure that the Texans will come out the other side a better team. (After winning two games in 2013, god help them if they don't.)
“We've got 11 picks now in the draft and it's a deep draft," he said. "So we're going to get some good players regardless as to what we do. If we trade down and pick up two or three more players, we'd have 13 or 14 [draft picks]. So you're going to see some significant strengthening of our team as a result of this draft.”