The Houston Texans are first up in the 2014 NFL Draft, and the first up for a new FakePigskin.com series leading up to May 8th. In these articles, we’ll be taking a quick look at who the teams may pick in this year’s proceedings.
Who Should They Pick?: Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has been picked apart lately by people looking for something to dislike. He’s still the top signal caller available, and should be the selection.
Who Will They Pick?: If they take the logical path, and target a franchise passer, Blake Bortles is probably their guy. He’s big, strong, and has a sky-high ceiling. He’s not as polished as Bridgewater, but he’s certainly a viable option at the top spot.
Backup Plan: The Texans need a quarterback, but if they’re not sold on one in this draft, they might take the safest route and pick stud pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney. Clowney is as close to a can’t miss prospect as can be found. He’s potentially a dominant defensive end and once-in-a-generation player.
Darkhorse: It seems highly unlikely that the Texans would take anyone except quarterback, or possibly Clowney, but if they go in a different direction, offensive tackle Greg Robinson would make sense. They could use a franchise left tackle, and Robinson is as good as it gets.
Trade?: The Texans are definitely in the market to trade down if the right offer appears. If they don’t have a clear favorite at quarterback, it makes sense to trade back, pick up an extra pick, and still get one of the big four passers available.