Texans go with defense, still have QB issues

May. 08, 2014 @ 10:12 PM

The Houston Texans have a major need at quarterback.

In the end it didn't matter.

They chose Jadeveon Clowney with the top overall pick in Thursday's NFL draft, deciding the defensive end was too rare a talent to pass up. He'll join 2012 Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt to create one of the fiercest pass-rushing duos in the NFL on a defense led by a new coordinator in Romeo Crennel and a new coach in Bill O'Brien.

Now Houston has to figure out what it's going to do about the quarterback situation. The Texans traded Matt Schaub, their starter since 2007, in the offseason after a terrible year in which he was benched after six games. Case Keenum took over after that, but he wasn't the answer either and the Texans tied the worst record in franchise history at 2-14 after making their first two playoff appearances in the previous two seasons.

The Texans signed veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick in the offseason, but he probably isn't the long-term solution to their quarterback woes.

Houston passed on top quarterback prospects Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater, Blake Bortles of Central Florida and 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M in favor of Clowney.

Houston's next selection in the draft was the 33rd pick overall.

Clowney becomes the third No. 1 overall pick in Texans' history and the second straight defensive end they've taken with the top choice, joining 2002 top pick, quarterback David Carr and defensive end Mario Williams, who was chosen first in 2006.

Clowney is the first defensive player taken first overall since Williams, who now plays for Buffalo.


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