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What Are The Texans Going To Do In The Draft?

The football world wonders what the Houston Texans will do with top pick.


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It seems like every Houstonian has an opinion on what their hometown team should do in this year’s draft, from Mayor Annise Parker to regular fans we talked to on the street.

“We need a quarterback,” the mayor said. “Johnny Manziel may not be that quarterback, but he would certainly be an exciting player and he would keep the fans in their seats. So here’s a vote for Johnny Manziel.”

Houstonian Daniel Hysinger has a different opinion.

“I don’t expect them to go after the quarterback position anymore,” he said. “But honestly, at this point, I think, that we have a good enough team that if everyone can stay away from the season-ending injuries that picking up anybody additional will just end up helping us to get all the way again.”

Fellow Houstonian Ken Currens would draft either defensive end Jadeveon Clowney from South Carolina or Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack with the first pick, “if no-one wants to trade up with me, and get a good quarterback in the second round.”

Like Mayor Parker, “Big Al” Huntley, a Saints fan visiting from New Orleans is rooting for the man known as “Johnny Football,” quarterback at Texas A&M.

“If Johnny Manziel was a Houston Texan, I mean, I think they would sell out every ticket every week,” Huntley said. “Jersey sales would be sky high, I mean, right there from College Station to Reliant Stadium, and that would be huge for the city, I think.”

The Texans had an abysmal season last year, finishing last in the league with a 2-14 record. They fired their coach and traded their starting quarterback.

But now they have the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft – and a lot of pressure, said Tom Franklin, a long-time Houston area sports broadcaster.

“It’s a very unique spot because, you know, you’re coming from the bottom,” Franklin said. “You’re coming off of the franchise’s first two playoff years and then the bottom just absolutely collapsed and you sunk to rock bottom, and you come up with the No. 1 choice. So everybody wants the immediate gratification.”

But while the Texans have the top pick, it’s not guaranteed that they will use it. There has been a lot of talk about the team possibly trading their first pick for multiple lower picks.

It’s what Franklin thinks may be best.

“You have a draft that is deep in very good talent but not in exceptional talent,” he said. “It might prove to be in their best interest to trade that No. 1 pick to the highest bidder, pick up extra picks in the first, second and third rounds where you can also get high-quality talent that can come in and make a difference for your team right away.”

Whatever happens, Franklin said you probably won’t find the Texans near the bottom of the standings again next season.