Texans Owner Talks No. 1 Pick, QBs, Clowney

Texans GM Rick Smith hasn’t been overly forthcoming when discussing his team’s approach to the first overall pick in next week’s draft, though it sounds as if he and his staff at least have a specific target in mind if the club doesn’t trade down. Owner Bob McNair divulged a few more details in a conversation with Mark Berman of Fox 26 Houston, providing a couple interesting quotes on the top quarterbacks in this year’s class and on Jadeveon Clowney, who McNair calls “obviously the best player” available.

Let’s dive in and check out a few of McNair’s more noteworthy comments….

On what the team will do with the first overall pick:

“Really at this point we don’t know and we really won’t know until right up at the time we have to make a decision because people are talking to us about the possibility of trading down and it’s a question of what people offer, whether their offer is such that it’s worthwhile to trade down.”

On trading down from No. 1:

“If somebody wants you to drop down and they give you two or three more picks that would let you get two or three more quality players, are you a stronger team dropping down a little bit, getting these additional picks and getting more depth? …. I think that we’re going to greatly strengthen our team as a result of the draft. We’ve got 11 picks now in the draft and it’s a deep draft. So we’re going to get some good players regardless as to what we do. If we trade down and pick up two or three more players, we’d have 13 or 14 [picks]. So you’re going to see some significant strengthening of our team as a result of this draft.”

On the top quarterback prospects:

“You got three quarterbacks and all of them have some holes in their resumé…. You drop down and there’s another group close behind [the top three], not exactly where they are, and maybe one of those quarterbacks will become better than one of these other three…. There are no slam dunks. There are no Andrew Lucks out there, no Peyton Mannings. If there were it would be an easy decision, but that’s not the case.”

On Clowney:

“He’s obviously the best player in the draft, but he’s a defensive end. He’s not a quarterback. If he’s a quarterback and the best player it’s easy, but that’s not the case. So can that defensive player have a greater impact on the success of your team than one of these quarterbacks? It’s not a sure thing that he is.”

On doing what’s in the best interest of the team:

“We did that in ’06 when public opinion was that we should pick [Reggie] Bush. We said then that we’re going to do what’s in the best interest of the team and ultimately public opinion will recognize that if we’re correct. In ’06 it was easier because you had a top defensive player (Mario Williams) versus a running back and an outstanding running back is not as valuable as an outstanding quarterback. That was I think an easier decision for us and I think we made the right decision. I think it proved out. I think that’s an indication of how we go about doing our business.”

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