2014 NFL Mock Draft: The Houston Texans Select … Teddy Bridgewater


Dec 5, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Louisville Cardinals quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) throws a pass during the first quarter against the Cincinnati Bearcats at Nippert Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Each week Fansided’s Josh Sanchez will release an early version of a 2014 NFL mock draft.

This week, Sanchez has the Houston Texans drafting Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater with the No. 1 overall pick, as they have an NFL-worst record of 2-11 overall with three games to go in the forgettable season that is currently on an 11-game skid.

Last week, Sanchez tabbed the Texans to select South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney with the first pick.

Sanchez said about Bridgewater in this week’s mock draft:

"“In order to turn things around, Houston needs to jump on the opportunity to take the No. 1 quarterback in the 2014 draft class, which is undoubtedly Teddy Bridgewater.”"

Last week, I disagreed with the Texans selecting Clowney with the No. 1 overall draft choice, and I still do, but again it is still December and I’ll probably change my mind again. The Texans can’t afford to select the wrong player with this pick.

This week, I like the fact the Texans are drafting a quarterback in the first round, because even though I believe current second-year QB Case Keenum does have the talent to play in the NFL, each week I grow away from the belief he’s the Texans long-team answer at the quarterback position.

Keenum has had his moments, but just not enough good ones for me to make him the guaranteed starter next season.

The problem with having the No. 1 overall pick is hitting the lottery and drafting the right quarterback. We don’t want to have another David Carr situation, right?

Bridgewater has been amazing this season with 3,523 yards with 28 touchdowns and just four interceptions. In his most recent game, against the University of Cincinnati, Bridgewater led Louisville to a 31-24 overtime victory with 255 passing yards (23-of-37) and three touchdowns, plus showed he can win the close games while under pressure.

Bridgewater (6-3, 196) seems to be a very good choice for the Texans to turnaround the offense of the team, but we still need to realize the team does have problems on the defensive side as well, and I’d rather look for that fix later in the draft.

The Louisville QB will play in his final collegiate game on Saturday, Dec. 28 in the Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando against the Miami Hurricanes.