Houston (CBS Houston) – Thursday marks the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft and the Texans, barring a trade, will select 25th in the opening round.
The Texans have a few needs but none are more polarizing than the quarterback spot. It’s been a need for the team since Matt Schaub starting throwing touchdowns to the opposition. The Brock Osweiler experiment failed, and while the team says they’re comfortable with Tom Savage, reports say that they’d like a rookie quarterback to compete with him.
So let’s take a look at the top seven quarterback prospects in this year’s draft. A lot of these quarterbacks have no chance of being available with the 25th pick, so it could require the Texans to trade up.
Mitch Trubisky – Pretty quiet college career as he played on a mediocre North Carolina team. Is expected to be the top quarterback selected in Thursday’s first round. Trubisky’s strength is that he’s accurate on the short and intermediate routes, but some question his downfield accuracy and lack of experience.
Deshaun Watson – Another quarterback from the ACC, Watson had the best collegiate career of any quarterback in the draft with his time at Clemson. Clemson had a lot of really good players around him that highlighted Watson’s skills and hid some of his weaknesses. NFL teams like Watson’s intangibles and character. He talks the part, but his weakness is that he has trouble with accuracy all over the field.
Pat Mahomes – The most local of the top seven quarterback prospects is Mahomes, who just wrapped up a college career at Texas Tech. Mahomes is an interesting prospect with his strong arm, athleticism and ability to buy time in the pocket. Scouts are critical of his decision making, and mechanics in his throwing motion.
DeShone Kizer – Kizer is another intriguing prospect as he definitely looks the part. 6’4, 233 pounds with a cannon for an arm that scouts think can make any throw. He also has shown good accuracy. The downside on Kizer is that he wasn’t able to put all of his tools together to be a winning quarterback. Also scouts points to his immaturity and that he’s a “millennial” as weaknesses for Kizer.
Davis Webb – The 6’4 quarterback hailing from Cal has been linked to the Texans in a few mock drafts. Webb also played at Texas Tech before Mahomes beat him out for the starting job, which led to Webb transferring to Cal. Webb has a strong arm, good pocket presence and can see the field well, but doesn’t always make quality decisions and NFL teams are worried he will have trouble adjusting to taking snaps from center.
Brad Kaaya – Kaaya was a big prospect early in his career as NFL scouts have been watching him for a while, in fact the Texans recently brought Kaaya in for a meeting. Most scouts don’t have a lot of good things to say about Kaaya other than he threw well at the combine and has a strong arm. Most of the talk is that Kaaya was bad against good teams, and was bad against blitzes. Which doesn’t bode well for his NFL career.
Nate Peterman – There’s really a big drop after the top five prospects in my opinion. Kaaya and Peterman probably don’t belong in the discussion with the other five, but Peterman had a strong outing at the Senior Bowl that put him on the radar of scouts. Peterman has pretty good accuracy, but average arm strength.