The Houston Texans are currently in the process of looking for their next franchise quarterback. With Bill O’Brien and Rick Smith being extremely tight-lipped throughout this process, fans can only dissect so much of their quotes and actions. Most Texans fans have already assumed that the Texans will absolutely select a quarterback with their first overall pick (a sentiment that I agree with). However, do not rule out the Texans looking elsewhere to fill their most needed position.
As reported by Adam Schefter, Jimmy Garoppolo, former quarterback of Eastern Illinois, worked out in front of Bill O’Brien at Eastern Illinois and Northwestern’s Pro Day. This may just be O’Brien doing his due diligence in regards to every draft-able quarterback, but it is still an intriguing story nonetheless. Garoppolo, who has been compared to Tony Romo (also an alum of Eastern Illinois), is considered to be in the second tier of quarterbacks. The first tier, which includes Teddy Bridgewater, Blake Bortles, and Johnny Manziel, is where fans and analysts and are looking at most and obsessing over. I would not count out the Texans possibly drafting someone from the second tier of quarterbacks, such as Aaron Murray, Derek Carr, or Zach Mettenberger, and trading out of the first pick to acquire multiple draft picks for this year and possibly other years. If the Texans were offered a bundle of picks like the St. Louis Rams offered the Washington Redskins two years ago, I would immediately accept that trade. Do not forget that these first tier quarterbacks have not been deemed to be in the same class as Andrew Luck. Therefore, I think it is reasonable to think that if the Texans were offered a bundle of picks, especially first round picks, they should highly consider it and weigh their options.
Another place that the Texans are supposedly looking at is in Denver. As reported by Peter Burns (104.3 FM Denver), the Texans have inquired about Brock Osweiler, the young backup quarterback of Peyton Manning. Although he also reported that the Broncos were not interested, this inquiry further illustrates that the Texans may not take the conventional route in selecting their future quarterback. As seen in one of my previous articles, the possibility of the Texans trading for a current backup quarterback is very possible.
Some fans are clamoring for the Texans to bring Johnny Football and all of his excitement to Houston. Others want the team to select the polished and well-spoken Teddy Bridgewater. Others want them to select the big-bodied Blake Bortles because of his potential. In the end, the Texans may surprise everyone (like they do almost every year in the NFL Draft) and go the unconventional route by selecting or trading for a less “sexy” quarterback. How does that sound Texans fans?