Oct 12, 2013; Fayetteville, AR, USA; South Carolina Gamecock defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (7) greets the crowd following a game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. South Carolina defeated Arkansas 52-7. Mandatory Credit: Beth Hall-USA TODAY Sports
Don Banks of Sports Illustrated released his fourth mock draft of the offseason, and he, like many others have the Houston Texans looking at defense with their No. 1 overall selection.
Banks, a veteran NFL writer, has the Texans selecting South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney with the No. 1 overall pick.
In his mock draft on SI.com, Banks wrote:
"“It seems much easier to swoon over Clowney’s difference-making pass-rush potential and then figure out the quarterback pick at a later point.”"
I tend to agree with Banks’ assessment on this situation.
At first, I was very high on Teddy Bridgewater and even to an extent Blake Bortles, but as the offseason tends to drag on, and the more I really think about it, the NFL is about having a winning defense, mixed with a pretty good offense.
Look at the Seattle Seahawks and their method to building a winning team … it worked for them, why not the Texans under rookie head coach Bill O’Brien and defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel?
If the Texans select Clowney No. 1 overall, and even another defensive player in the second round, they can still get a starting QB at the top of the third, as there will be some talent left on the draft board that round.
Even if the Texans decide to wait on a QB in this draft, they have an insurance policy in either veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick or last year’s starter Case Keenum, who could be lead the team for at least another season as the Texans build up a defense that would be very tough to stop.
Again, this is all just a guessing game. Maybe the Texans are “in love” with a QB in this draft and they just haven’t said, or maybe they do want to build a defense that would be very, very tough to stop. In the long run I believe the Texans would benefit from having a focus on defense in this draft.
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