Anyone with a brain, or not in love with Johnny Football, would of gone 'one out of one' when Jadeveon Clowney was picked first last night in the 2014 NFL draft.
The Houston Texans have added a fearsome pass rusher to their ranks, and will be looking at Clowney as an instant starter, someone who can come up with them big plays.
He will be playing alongside one of the best defensive players in the NFL, JJ Watt, and you can guarantee he will learn off this guy.
Clowney has all the natural ability to have a Hall of Fame career, but will he help turn the Houston Texans back into play-off contenders?
The Texans will now have a defensive front that is frightening, and one that may equal the Seahawks ‘Legion of Boom’; JJ Watt, Whitney Mercilus, Brian Cushing and now Jadeveon Clowney. Andrew Luck is not going to be looking forward to facing up against them twice.
But the constant pressure on the oppositions quarterback will not be enough to turn their fortunes around.
The NFL is a passing league, and the Texans don’t have a good quarterback, in fact Clowney could well be the best quarterback on the Texans roster.
Case Keenum, Ryan Fitzpatrick and T.J Yates are the three quarterbacks currently at the Texans, and none of these will threaten their opponents, they just don’t have the pedigree of a franchise player.
Teams will simply load up the box, stop the run, and force the Texans to beat them with the passing game. The three are not good enough to do that.
They have to be targeting a quarterback in the second and third round, if not the 2014 season will be a bust, will they lose 14 games on the trot? Probably not but they won’t be the contenders they could be.
Derek Carr is the best quarterback still available to them, arguably he was the best one available from the start, but it’s unlikely they will take him. His brother, David, had a torrid time in Houston and the family strain is likely to play a part in this selection.
Instead the Texans will probably take Jimmy Garoppolo out of Eastern Illinois, a quarterback with a lightening release and good feet, Bill O’Brien can mould him into a starter to lead the franchise.
Tonight will provide more of an idea whether the Texans will be serious play-off contenders this season. But until they add a quarterback to the roster, Clowney and Watt can have 10 sacks between them a game, and still find themselves on the losing side.
A quarterback is a must.
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