Todd McShay: Quarterbacks in this year’s draft can’t help the Texans

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Will the Houston Texans find a franchise quarterback this year?

Everything is in place for the Texans to make a playoff run.  All they need is a quarterback.

The hard part is finding one in this year’s NFL draft.

Emory Hunt of Football Gameplan says ESPN NFL draft expert Todd McShay doesn’t believe there is a quarterback in this year’s draft that fits what Texans’ head coach Bill O’Brien is looking for.

The problem is the Texans havve to take a quarterback in this year’s draft and O’Brien will have to come to an agreement with general manger Rick Smith on which signal-caller  they’ll go with.

If O’Brien and Smith don’t get the right quarterback, their jobs will certainly be in jeopardy in a couple of years.

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McShay and ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. have the Texans taking Nate Peterman in the second round in their dueling mock draft.

Peterman is compared to Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins. Here’s what his draft profile says:

"Peterman’s experience in a pro-style passing attack gives him a head start headed into the league. His physical attributes are just average, but his accuracy, composure and anticipation are what sets him apart from some of the more physically gifted quarterbacks in this year’s draft. Peterman’s tape is sure to catch the eye of at least a few teams in need of a quarterback and he should come off the board by day two with a chance to become a solid starting quarterback in the future."

Whether the Texans take a quarterback or wait until the second round really doesn’t matter since the belief is that not one signal-caller in this year’s draft is ready to start right away.