Last night the Houston Texans made a wise choice by drafting Jadeveon Clowney number one. He will make a good defense even more dominating. They have the 33rd overall pick tonight. Who should they choose?
They are still in need of a quarterback. Derek Carr from Fresno State is still available. The scouts said he had the strongest arm and the quickest release of all possible quarterbacks in the draft. At 6 feet 3 inches tall and 220 pounds, he fits the professional model. Between 2011 and 2013 he threw 113 touchdown passes, and only 24 interceptions for a total of 12,843 yards.
He played in four bowl games at Fresno State, so he has experienced pressure on a large stage.
His brother, David, was a disappointment, but Derek is a much different type of player. When the Texans were an expansion team in 2002 David was their first choice. Maybe the Carr family owes Houston a good starting quarterback.
It was definitely Jadeveon Clowney’s night. This unusual and dominating player deserved to be the number one choice. He will undoubtedly be a starter in the 2014 season.
To me the biggest surprise was Blake Bortles from UCF. He definitely has the size at 6 feet 5 inches tall and 232 pounds. I do not foresee the Jaguars starting him this year. In his career he threw for 56 touchdowns, 19 interceptions and 7,598 yards.
There were three quarterbacks chosen in the first round. I had believed that Manziel would be the only one.
Another small surprise was Teddy Bridgewater from Louisville. He was chosen by the Minnesota Vikings, and I’m not sure he’s a good fit. I’m also very doubtful that he will start in 2014. He is good sized at 6 feet 2 inches tall and 205 pounds, and his stats are acceptable. 72 touchdowns, 24 interceptions and a total of 9,817 yards are his credentials.
Round two is tonight, and will undoubtedly have more surprises. There remain many talented athletes available, and with free agency, all 32 teams need help in some area.