By Cody Stoots

The Houston Texans need a new quarterback. This next quarterback isn’t going to be added to the team to help the Texans win the AFC South. Bad quarterbacks can do that for the Texans (see: Brock Osweiler).

This new quarterback needs to be added with eyes on getting the Texans to the Super Bowl. They already have other pieces in place: a great defense, good running game, dynamic wide receivers.

The best way to get to a Super Bowl is to build a team around a quarterback you drafted.

Don’t believe me? Well, look at this chart of Super Bowl participants since 2000.

Year Super Bowl Winner Aquired Drafted Super Bowl Loser Acquired Drafted
2016 Peyton Manning FA 1st Cam Newton Draft 1st
2015 Tom Brady Draft 6th Russell Wilson Draft 3rd
2014 Russell Wilson Draft 3rd Peyton Manning FA 1st
2013 Joe Flacco Draft 1st Colin Kaepernick Draft 2nd
2012 Eli Manning Draft 1st Tom Brady Draft 6th
2011 Aaron Rodgers Draft 1st Ben Roethlisberger Draft 1st
2010 Drew Brees FA 2nd Peyton Manning Draft 1st
2009 Ben Roethlisberger Draft 1st Kurt Warner FA Undrafted
2008 Eli Manning Draft 1st Tom Brady Draft 6th
2007 Peyton Manning Draft 1st Rex Grossman Draft 1st
2006 Ben Roethlisberger Draft 1st Matt Hasselbeck Trade 6th
2005 Tom Brady Draft 6th Donovan McNabb Draft 1st
2004 Tom Brady Draft 6th Jake Delhomme FA Undrafted
2003 Brad Johnson FA 9th Rich Gannon FA 4th
2002 Tom Brady Draft 6th Kurt Warner FA Undrafted
2001 Trent Dilfer FA 1st Kerry Collins FA 1st
2000 Kurt Warner FA Undrafted Steve McNair Draft 1st

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Year AFC Champ Winner Aquired Drafted AFC Champ Loser Acquired Drafted
2016 Peyton Manning FA 1st Tom Brady Draft 6th
2015 Tom Brady Draft 6th Andrew Luck Draft 1st
2014 Peyton Manning FA 1st Tom Brady Draft 6th
2013 Joe Flacco Draft 1st Tom Brady Draft 6th
2012 Tom Brady Draft 6th Joe Flacco Draft 1st
2011 Ben Roethlisberger Draft 1st Mark Sanchez Draft 1st
2010 Peyton Manning Draft 1st Mark Sanchez Draft 1st
2009 Ben Roethlisberger Draft 1st Joe Flacco Draft 1st
2008 Tom Brady Draft 1st Philip Rivers Draft 1st
2007 Peyton Manning Draft 1st Tom Brady Draft 6th
2006 Ben Roethlisberger Draft 1st Jake Plummer FA 2nd
2005 Tom Brady Draft 6th Ben Roethlisberger Draft 1st
2004 Tom Brady Draft 6th Peyton Manning Draft 1st
2003 Rich Gannon FA 4th Steve McNair Draft 1st
2002 Tom Brady Draft 6th Kordell Stewart Draft 2nd
2001 Trent Dilfer FA 1st Rich Gannon FA 4th
2000 Steve McNair Draft 1st Mark Brunell Trade 5th

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Year NFC Champ Winner Aquired Drafted NFC Champ Loser Acquired Drafted
2016 Cam Newton Draft 1st Carson Palmer Trade 1st
2015 Russell Wilson Draft 3rd Aaron Rodgers Draft 1st
2014 Russell Wilson Draft 3rd Colin Kaepernick Draft 2nd
2013 Colin Kaepernick Draft 2nd Matt Ryan Draft 1st
2012 Eli Manning Draft 1st Alex Smith Draft 1st
2011 Aaron Rodgers Draft 1st Jay Cutler Draft 1st
2010 Drew Brees FA 2nd Brett Favre FA 2nd
2009 Kurt Warner FA Undrafted Donovan McNabb Draft 1st
2008 Eli Manning Draft 1st Brett Favre Trade 2nd
2007 Rex Grossman Draft 1st Drew Brees FA 2nd
2006 Matt Hasselbeck Trade 6th Jake Delhomme FA Undrafted
2005 Donovan McNabb Draft 1st Michael Vick Draft 1st
2004 Jake Delhomme FA Undrafted Donovan McNabb Draft 1st
2003 Brad Johnson FA 9th Donovan McNabb Draft 1st
2002 Kurt Warner FA Undrafted Donovan McNabb Draft 1st
2001 Kerry Collins FA 1st Dante Culpepper Draft 1st
2000 Kurt Warner FA Undrafted Shaun King Draft 2nd

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What does all these graphs and tables mean? Well when you do the math it is all very apparent.

Since 2000

Super Bowl Stats:

65 percent of the time the participating quarterback was drafted by his team.

70 percent of the time the winning quarterback was drafted by his team.

59 percent of the time the winning quarterback was a former first or second round pick.

56 percent of the time the participating quarterback was a former first or second round pick.

A quick note on free agents. Two of the free agent participating, accounting for two wins, are Peyton Manning and Drew Brees. Manning is never available if not for a freak injury and Brees was also injured coming out of his final Chargers year. Both were in high demand as free agents and typically future hall of fame quarterbacks aren’t free agents.

Conference Championships:

56 percent of the time the participating quarterback was a former first round pick.

69 percent of the time the participating quarterback was a former first or second round pick.

It all tells me that if the Texans want to play in a conference championship or a Super Bowl the most likely way is drafting a first or second round quarterback. That should be their goal this offseason. Scout, study and find the best quarterback they can in either the first or second round of the draft. If they do that, pair it with their top notch defense and the Texans will have a shot in the next few years to do something they have never done (and currently the only NFL franchise never to do it) play in the Conference Championhsip Game, and maybe, just maybe, a Super Bowl.