The Houston Texans owner Bob McNair is contemplating trading down in the 2014 draft to get an additional pick for their No.1 overall draft pick. The Texans (2-14) have many areas that need addressing with their team in 2014, and adding one high player, such as quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, won’t begin to address all the problems that the team has on offense and defense.
If the Texans can trade their No.1 pick to a team that is willing to either give them a couple of 1st round picks or a 1st and a 2nd round pick, they could then use that pick to select the quarterback that they want in addition to a good defensive player.
“Maybe we’ll trade down and still get a quarterback that can do the job and get an outstanding defensive player,” McNair commented to ESPN. “It’s an exciting time. Everything’s a moving target. Lot of different pieces.”
The Texans badly need a quarterback to take over the team, as Matt Schaub and Case Keenum are not the players that will be able to take the Texans to the next level.
The highest rated quarterback in the 2014 draft is Teddy Bridgewater of Louisville. However, he’s likely going to be taken first. But the Texans don’t necessarily need to draft him, because there are two other high quality quarterbacks in the draft that are nearly as good as him in Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M and Blake Bortals of Central Florida. These players could be drafted in the top 5, which means that the Texans will need to get a high pick from a team for their No.1 pick. I’m not sure if that’s going to happen.
The Washington Redskins gave up three 1st round picks in 2012 in order to get the No.1 pick from the St. Louis Rams to draft Robert Griffin III. Right now that move is coming back to haunt the Redskins, because RG3 had one good year in 2012, and then he suffered an injury and played poorly in 2013. Teams might be hesitant to mortgage the future on young players that might not ever pan out. Bridgewater looks like a good player, but Louisville also didn’t play against the powerhouse teams in the three seasons where Bridgewater was their starter. Out of all those years, Louisville only once played a high caliber team in beating Florida by a 33-23 score in 2012. Bridgewater completed 20 of 32 passes for 266 yards in that game. Those are good stats, but not great ones.