The real questions for the Texans are:
While we know they’ve been able to effectively evaluate 1st round talent, we don’t know if they can evaluate QBs. Can they find a diamond in the rough in the 2017 draft AND develop that guy?
Rick Smith and the Texans have hit on nearly every 1st round pick since he took over as GM in 2006: Mario Williams, Duane Brown, Brian Cushing, Kareem Jackson, JJ Watt, Whitney Mercilus, DeAndre Hopkins, JD Clowney, Kevin Johnson. His 2007 pick of Amobi Okoye didn’t pan out and to be fair the jury is still out on Will Fuller.
2013 was a terrible QB draft. Texans began the 2014 season with Ryan Fitzpatrick at QB.
2014 in theory, a team in need of a QB, passed on a couple as they had the first pick and used it on Clowney. Now, going in, it was gonna be him or Khalil Mack, who went to OAK at #5. Texans passed on Bortles, had the Vikings sneak up ahead of them while Bridgewater was still on the board, thankfully let Manziel go by the wayside, but took XSF instead of Derek Carr or Jimmy Garoppolo.
In 2015 the Texans went with Brian Hoyer. That was tremendously riveting as we all recall.
The 2015 draft was another unimpressive draft for QBs. Jameis Winston going first overall.
In 2016, the Texans signed Osweiler a month before the draft. Texans did pass on a guy that beat them in September, Jacoby Brissett, taking a former QB and WR convert Braxton Miller instead. But, being real about the whole thing, they did pass on Dak Prescott. Instead of the Texans future, he’s the Cowboys future now.
So I ask the question…do you think the Texans can effectively evaluate a QB?
The 2017 draft features: ND’s Deshone Kizer, UNC’s Mitch Trubisky, TT’s Pat Mahomes, Clemson’s Deshaun Watson, Cal’s Davis Webb, Va. Tech’s Jerod Evans, Miami’s Brad Kaaya, Ole Miss’ Chad Kelly. The names, as that’s all they are right now from an NFL perspective, go on and on.
It doesn’t have that Andrew Luck, Cam Newton, Derek Carr feel to it does it? There’s likely one out there. Thus, if there is, the question becomes, can the Texans evaluate the damn position and pick that guy if he’s available?