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Thursday, April 10, 2014
Analyzing McShay mock 4.0: Texans

By Tania Ganguli

With the first overall pick in this year's NFL draft, the Texans could take a quarterback. Whether they will, and which quarterback that would be if one is selected, is yet unknown.

ESPN's Todd McShay took a shot at projecting which player the Texans will take with his latest mock draft Insider -- and the player he chose is a spark plug.

McShay has the Texans taking former South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.

I love this pick, and it's what I would do if I were the Texans. Clowney's ability will be a great boon to Houston, and where he plays is another area of need for the Texans. They'd love to get more pass-rushing production from the edges of their defensive front.

It has been argued that quarterback is the Texans' biggest need. I'd counter with something Arizona coach Bruce Arians said to me during the NFL owners meetings last month: "Don't draft for need. You won't need him very long."

McShay has the Rams taking former Auburn offensive tackle Greg Robinson second and former Buffalo outside linebacker Khalil Mack going to the Jaguars third. Former UCF quarterback Blake Bortles goes fourth to the Browns, and there are only two quarterbacks taken in the top 10.

Here's another interesting quirk to McShay's projections: Johnny Manziel is neither the first quarterback off the board nor the first (or second) player from Texas A&M off McShay's board. Offensive tackle Jake Matthews goes sixth to the Atlanta Falcons, and receiver Mike Evans goes seventh to Tampa Bay before Manziel goes eighth to the Minnesota Vikings.