McShay: Jadeveon Clowney ‘most logical pick’ for Houston Texans


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

ESPN Draft analyst Todd McShay released the fifth version of his 2014 NFL mock draft on ESPN Insider Tuesday, and not much has changed for the Houston Texans in his draft.

McShay has the Texans still selecting South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney with the No. 1 overall selection, writing the following about the pick:

"“This is the best and most logical pick for the Texans at No. 1. They obviously need a quarterback, but there isn’t one rated highly enough to justify taking him over the best prospect in this draft.”"

Do you agree with that statement? Is Blake Bortles, Johnny Manziel or Teddy Bridgewater not good enough to draft ahead of Clowney with the No. 1 overall pick?

I tend to agree with him, but I can see the point of others if they prefer a quarterback with the No. 1 pick.

I used to be one of the folks who thought Bortles or Bridgewater were going to be the No. 1 overall selection in this upcoming draft on Thursday May 8. I’ve backed away from that stance, deciding defense is the way to go in the first round.

This draft will be very interesting, and whomever the Texans end up with, it will change the franchise for the better early on, as they will have the player they want if they do keep the No. 1 pick. The problem is hopping that selection — offense or  defense — is the right player for years to come.

(Clowney) is the best and most logical pick for the Texans at No. 1

The wrong decision will put this franchise behind the Indianapolis Colts even more if it turns out one of the players they will have to pass on becomes the next great NFL player … or if the one they select becomes another bust for the team.

That can be said for every NFL team, but when you are coming off an NFL-worst 2-14 record, this first selection can’t be a bust for the Texans. They must make the right decision, and for the sake of the Texans fan base, I hope they do.

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