The Houston Texans have quite the decision to make with the top pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. They are in desperate need of a quarterback but must be looking at other options as well. The name that should have jumped out from the NFL Scouting Combine was Jadeveon Clowney and his amazing 40 time. This is almost too simple to figure out that Houston needs to be picking Clowney with that top pick.
The 4.53 40 time is unreal considering how big Clowney is. He could be put on the opposite side of J.J. Watt and make life miserable for the AFC South over the next decade. Bill O’Brien is likely going to want to look for a quarterback instead though and rumors have been out there that the Texans may take Blake Bortles because of some history between him and the coaching staff. That would be the worst possible thing to do.
Bortles is far from ready to be a starting quarterback in the NFL while Clowney, even with his flaws, is a complete product who is going to dominate from day one at the pro level. Yes, Clowney may not go out there and give 100% all the time but wouldn’t the Texans want to make a huge statement to the teams in their division that they aren’t dead yet. They still have Andre Johnson and Arian Foster, remember. If the team waits until the second or third round to get a quarterback like Derek Carr or Aaron Murray, so be it.
Clowney is the pick and the team has to make it a point to get the big man from South Carolina with the top overall pick when the draft begins on May 8. This shouldn’t even be a discussion in Houston. There will be pressure obviously to take Johnny Manziel and rightfully so because he may be the most dynamic player out there this season but wouldn’t it be best for Manziel to get out of Texas and start his career elsewhere?
Clowney has his issues and always will. Maybe if he is working with Watt and won’t be seeing double-teams all the time, he will be a much happier player and one who could have 10-15 sacks a season for the Texans.