The Houston Texans introduced their new head coach, Bill O’Brien, on Friday, but the more interesting tidbit to come from this came from the team’s owner, Bob McNair.
McNair was answering questions from the media Friday, many of which centered around the upcoming draft, in which Houston holds the No. 1 overall pick. McNair indicated that the team will be exploring all options with the selection, and he also didn’t commit to taking a quarterback if the team decides to keep the pick. McNair also seems intent on the idea of bringing in a veteran at the position that may be able to start next season and help any rookie QB along without throwing the youngster into the fire too early. Doesn’t sound too good for the prospects of Matt Schaub‘s return, eh?
Teddy Bridgewater is currently the odds-on favorite to be the first quarterback off-the-board in May, but we’re still waiting on several players to make decisions regarding their draft eligibility, including Johnny Manziel and Brett Hundley.
Even if the Texans decide to keep the top pick, they could still wait and take a QB in one of the later rounds, meaning they could go defense in the first. That opens the door for the dreamlike defensive line featuring both J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney, which has the potential to wreak havoc in opposing backfields for the foreseeable future. Clowney, as expected, declared for the draft following South Carolina’s bowl victory earlier in the week.
With no clear-cut No. 1 player in this class, trading the pick could be tough. If, for example, they are able to trade down a few slots and pick up a later selection, they could go with someone like Manziel with that lower top-10 choice and be in position to address more needs elsewhere later on.
Stay tuned, as there will surely be lots more news regarding draft declarations in the coming days.