Assuming Jared Goff, Paxton Lynch and Carson Wentz are off the board, should the Houston Texans take Christian Hackenberg or Connor Cook in the first round?
With the way things work in the draft, the biggest names available at the quarterback position will most likely go much higher than anticipated. With that in mind, the chances are slim that with pick 22 the Texans will have a shot to pick Jared Goff from Cal, Paxton Lynch out of Memphis or Carson Wentz from North Dakota State.
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That means if the team is dead set on getting a starting quarterback of the future, they will have to turn to the next tier of guys, which would include passers like Connor Cook of Michigan State and Christian Hackenberg out of Penn State.
Both have been projected anywhere from round one to round three, but if the Texans are sold on either, it would make sense to grab them with their first pick rather than risk waiting and again having to turn to either Brian Hoyer or another journeyman veteran.
Both can be seen as potential targets of the Houston Texans, but for different reasons. For Hackenberg, he worked with Texans head coach Bill O’Brien during his freshman season at Penn State before the coach made his way to the NFL.
That season the young quarterback enjoyed the most success he has seen to date. The freshman completed 58.9 percent of his passes for 2,955 yards with 20 touchdowns and 10 picks. He seemed to decline from there and finished his three college seasons completing 56.1 percent of his passes for 8,457 yards. Hackenberg had 48 touchdowns to 31 interceptions.
The way Cook can be connected to Houston is their affinity for players from Michigan State, which would include their current starting quarterback, Brian Hoyer. They also brought in receiver Keith Mumphery and saftey Kurtis Drummond as rookies last season.
Cook had a more consistent career in college than Hackenberg as he completed 57.5 percent of his passes for 9,194 yards with 71 touchdowns to just 22 interceptions. Cook never threw more than eight picks while not having less than 20 touchdowns during his three seasons as a starting quarterback.
So if it were up to the fans, who would you select out of the two? Take part in our poll and keep the discussion going in the comment box below!
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