Flashback to 2002, the Houston Texans have the number one overall pick in the draft and they select quarterback David Carr; expecting him to lead the new franchise in a winning direction. That expectation did not pan out, obviously, for a number of reasons: poor offensive line, poor development and just an all around poor supporting cast around him. Bob McNair, the Texans owner, says that if the team selects a quarterback with this years number one overall pick, they won’t make the same mistake, according to ProFootballTalk.com.
McNair stated: “I think the main thing I look back on is that we should have had a veteran quarterback in there, we should have let him start the season and let David learn what it takes to be an NFL quarterback.” Clearly in his eyes, the biggest reason behind the downfall of Carr was his lack of veteran leadership. The Texans have three veteran quarterbacks on the depth chart: Case Keenum, Ryan Fitzpatrick and T.J. Yates, so if this is a true belief in the Texans front office and not just a smoke screen, you could expect one of those three to start this season.
This is also assuming the Texans even draft a quarterback with the pick. The team has expressed some significant interest in South Carolina defensive end Jadaveon Clowney and also Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack. With the Day 1 of the draft coming just next week, it seems that the team has a lot of thinking to do in just a short amount of time. Should be an interesting couple of days for the Texans.