Kiper/McShay mock draft reax: Texans

February, 6, 2014
The daily rumors and reports have intensified about what position the Houston Texans will draft and which player to draft if the pick is to be a quarterback.

With the top pick, many assume a quarterback is the way to go. It's what teams tend to do -- in 14 drafts since 2000, 10 quarterbacks have been taken first overall. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Unless the Texans think one of the available quarterbacks is a future franchise quarterback, there's no reason to use the top pick on one.

That's the part of the discussion in which our draft experts, Mel Kiper and Todd McShay, disagree.

Kiper, in his second mock draft, is sticking with his early prediction of former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.

"Right now I'll stick with the early bet on Manziel, and the idea that coach Bill O'Brien becomes convinced this is his QB of the future," Kiper writes.

McShay, on the other hand, goes with former South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.

"Passing up on a quarterback here, particularly in-state product Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M, might be a public relations nightmare, but that would pale in comparison to the nightmares the combination of Clowney and J.J. Watt would create for opposing offenses," McShay says.

Tania Ganguli

ESPN Houston Texans reporter



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