The 2014 NFL Draft is over an hour away from kicking off and the Texans are the first on the clock to make a move. The draft is a time of rejoice and also a venture into new beginnings, with hopefully a new franchise player. Hopes get high, anticipation and anxiety is at an extreme high; the NFL Draft has never been more popular than it has been today. Trades have been talked about, players have been a source of intrigue. Jadeveon Clowney is the consensus top overall player in this years draft, but many experts are mixed on whether or not the South Carolina stud will be the first player off the board. The Texans need a quarterback, an impact defensive player; and could use some better offensive line play. The price is steep if a team wants Houston’s first pick, three first round picks are in demand from the Houston brass; and there is much doubt on whether they will budge from king’s ransom they are asking for. The Texans may be in trade talks, but what fans do not know is it’s not for their first overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
The New England Patriots and Houston have been reported to having discussions about their back up quarterback, Ryan Mallett. Mallett is a very intriguing prospect that was drafted in 2011 as a third round pick. The University of Arkansas product has a cannon for an arm, and was widely considered as one of the top quarterback prospects in the 2011 draft, but wound up dropping all the way down the third round; and sat behind future Hall of Fame quarterback, Tom Brady for two years. The new Texans head coach, Bill O’Brien, has extensive experience with Mallet; as he used the be the offensive coordinator for the Patriots back in 2011, the year they draft Ryan Mallett. It was interesting to see whether or not that Houston will be willing to send either a third or second round pick for an unproven quarterback; with O’Brien’s familiarity with Mallett though; a trade is not as far-fetched as it seems right now.
Wrapping up this article, Houston will be on the clock in just about an hour away. A trade is less likely and Clowney is starting to sound more fruitful as ever. He may not exactly fit into a 3-4 scheme but a wise defensive coordinator and coach would find a way to make a talent like his fit in. J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney, two monsters in the trenches wreaking havoc on the NFL; and giving Andrew Luck nightmares for years to come. The division would become unsafe for any quarterback who faced Houston twice a year, quite frankly; nobody will be safe. The NFL Draft is just under an hour away, a quarterback may be in the process to heading to Houston, and Clowney is within an hour of being his name heard. A new time, a new era; and a new beginning under Bill O’Brien. The franchise takes shape under an hour with the new regime in Texas.
Commentary by Justin Huffman
Guardian Liberty Voice Writer covering the Houston Texans