Posted February 21, 2014

Texans ‘open to all possibilities’ with No. 1 pick; Rams to consider trading away No. 2

2014 Scouting Combine, Houston Texans, NFL Draft, NFL draft 2014, St. Louis Rams
Houston Texans No. 1 pick 2014 NFL draft: Texans are likely to go QB or OT at No. 1 overall.

With J.J. Watt (top) in the fold, the Texans are likely to go QB or OT at No. 1 overall … or not. (David Bergman/SI)

INDIANAPOLIS — The Texans’ Bill O’Brien may be new to the whole NFL head coaching world, but he performed the draft tap dance to perfection on Friday morning. O’Brien said at the scouting combine that Houston might consider a quarterback with the No. 1 pick … or an offensive tackle … or Jadeveon Clowney … or …

“We’re always going to look to do what’s best for the organization,” O’Brien said. “We’re only a month and a half into this process. It takes a long time, it’s not something you develop your thoughts [on] overnight.”

Moments after O’Brien wrapped up his press conference, Houston GM Rick Smith left the door open — as one might expect more than two months out from the 2014 draft — for the Texans to trade down out of the top spot.

“We are open to all possibilities,” Smith said.
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St. Louis GM Les Snead sounded the same bell regarding his team’s spot at No. 2 overall. The Rams acquired that pick in the 2012 draft trade that dropped Robert Griffin III in Washington’s lap, one spot behind Andrew Luck. This time around, Snead appears to have a wide variety of possibilities to upgrade his roster, including sliding down in Round 1. (St. Louis also holds pick 13.)

But Snead added that a repeat of that famous trade with the Redskins might be more difficult to pull off, because the top of the draft looks to be so unpredictable.

“Sitting at No. 2 [in 2012],” Snead said, “we knew what pick No. 1 was going to be and we thought we knew what pick No. 2 was going to be. It’s going to be different this time.”

Obviously, what St. Louis can do with the second overall pick leans heavily on which direction Houston heads at No. 1. The obvious plan there would be for O’Brien to nab himself a potential franchise quarterback, be it Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortles or Teddy Bridgewater.

Some of the tea leaves have pointed toward Bortles, since he played for one of O’Brien’s mentors, George O’Leary, at Central Florida. Bortles also defeated O’Brien’s Penn State team this past season.

“He played well, they beat us and I thought he threw the ball well that night,” said O’Brien of Bortles’ performance. “Obviously, I have a connection with George O’Leary. [Bortles is] a big guy, he’s athletic, he’s a competitive guy. It’s fun to watch him on tape and it’ll be good to watch him work out here.”

Clowney may be the wild card for both the Texans and Rams. Neither team has a particularly pressing need for the South Carolina star — Houston already has J.J. Watt anchoring its 3-4; St. Louis is well-stocked at DE with Robert Quinn and Chris Long — but should he stand out as the most talented prospect in this class, he might not last beyond the top two selections.

Atlanta GM Thomas Dimitroff floated the idea that his team might trade up again (it did so not long ago to land Julio Jones), with Clowney being a possible target for a pass rush-needy team.

“I’ve watched Jadeveon on film and he’s obviously a very good player,” O’Brien said. “And he played very well this year.”

To add yet another wrinkle into the conversation, O’Brien also spoke of the importance he’s placing on solidifying the Texans at offensive tackle. Texas A&M’s Jake Matthews, Auburn’s Greg Robinson and Michigan’s Taylor Lewan all could climb into the top 10.

“I learned a long time ago that you never can have enough tackles,” O’Brien said. “We’re looking at all the tackles. Tackles on our team, tackles in free agency, tackles in the draft.”

To sum it up then: No one knows what the Texans will do with the No. 1 pick or what the Rams might consider at No. 2. That’s precisely how those teams want it as the combine rolls along.

21 comments
The_truth_hurts
The_truth_hurts

Talk about a sorry franchise. The state of Texas should be banned from having professional sports teams. 

simpletime981
simpletime981

The idea that the rams will trade their pick and in their or anyone's history how ofter do you have 1 or two especially in this so called loaded draft is crazy etc.. Who do you want not what do you want to do!

espnrefugee0218
espnrefugee0218

JJ and Jadaveon  call them JJ&J  or J cubed...either way it would be a nasty duo 

elpizzaboy3
elpizzaboy3

At the very worst of it, Manziel busts and joins the CC Hooks, works his way up through the ranks and replaces Jose Altuve on the Astros squad in 1 1/2 years. Laugh you may, but the kid is a solid baseball player and would do wonders for attendance in Houston. Go Stros!

6marK6
6marK6

Houston would be best advised to trade down. The locals want them to take a college QB that will be a bust as a pro and the other option is taking a D-lineman that is all potential and zero in actual impact. 

almaaiken
almaaiken

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Texboy14
Texboy14

Everything's bigger in Texas. That goes for sports as well.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@The_truth_hurts Why?  The various pro teams from Texas, have won a bunch of Super Bowls, been to a few World Series, won a handful NBA titles, and a Stanley Cup.  Maybe you just didn't know this.

3M_TA3
3M_TA3

@simpletime981  If I could understand what the hell you wrote, I might agree,  Or might not.


Meth: Not even once.

Texboy14
Texboy14

DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA OF HOW MUCH THE TEXANS DESPERATELY NEED THAT FIRST OVERALL PICK??? If the Texans don't get Johnny, Bortles, or Teddy, and they draft someone like Clowney, then the Texans are legitimately screwed. They already have JJ Watt, Brian Cushing, and they've signed Romeo Crennel as a Def. Coordinator, who coached one of the best defense in the NFL last season (Chiefs). If you say that the Texans need to trade down, then you're high on something.

3M_TA3
3M_TA3

@6marK6  You could be right on both accounts, but face it: The draft is a crap shoot. Look what happened when Houston eschewed the Next Big Thing last time....Reggie Bush, who is a nice player but certainly not #1 worthy.

train805
train805

I don't think he'd be a "bust" he just has some maturity issues, as most wealthy, entitled kids do. I'm not familiar with Houston's nightlife, but if he has a mature, solid veteran showing him the way, and taking him under his wing, he should be a good solid nfl qb. He's only like 20, 21 years old. Chances are he isn't done growing in the heighth, or weight department. He's only gonna get stronger. It's his maturity that I would be worried about.

3M_TA3
3M_TA3

@almaaiken  The math is easy Had to work about 190 hours for that last month. Shriner's convention in Vegas?

6marK6
6marK6

@almaaiken  Good gosh! Are you serious!? That is a considerable amount of money for what seems to be very little effort. 

JimKramer
JimKramer

Obviously train has some envy issues. I think we see quite a bit of maturity issues every year from NFL players funny how few of them are from kids who grew up wealthy. Andrew Luck, Peyton Manning, Eli three rich kids who are mature can you make a list do some of these immature wealthy kids. I'm sure you can make a list of rich kids who got all the good looking girls when you were in high school but I'd like to think your point was based on something other than envy.