Texans smart to keep QB options open


HOUSTON -- After introducing his new head coach, Houston Texans owner Bob McNair made a couple of interesting, though logical, declarations about his team's quarterback situation.

He said the team is open to trading out of the No. 1 overall selection.

He also said this:

"If we wound up with a young quarterback, we'd probably bring in a veteran so we don't have to depend on that rookie. That's tough putting a rookie in there and expecting them to be able to play right off the bat. There've been a couple of them that have done it, but a number of them didn't do so well. I think having that veteran presence is important."

That would be a really smart move for a team that thinks it's very close to being one of the NFL's elite franchises. Bill O'Brien wasn't hired for a rebuilding project.

The process of selecting players will be similar to what it was last season, with general manager Rick Smith collaborating with the head coach.

"With a quarterback, there's more risk with picking a quarterback No. 1," McNair said.

I think trading out of the No. 1 overall pick would be difficult this season, unless a team falls in love with a specific player. But even if Houston can't move down, McNair could get an elite defensive player and take a capable quarterback in the second round.

No matter what round you take that quarterback, it is not smart to go all-in with him as your only option. Drafts always come with a risk, and if the Texans are truly on the cusp, they can't afford another quarterback situation like that of 2013.