Houston Texans’ Draft Targets at Quarterback
With the 25th overall pick in the NFL Draft, the Houston Texans are not in a prime position to select one of the top draft prospects at quarterback. However, there are still a few players who have the potential to turn into a starting quarterback in the NFL. Whether in the first round, or in the later rounds, the Texans must spend draft resources on a quarterback to pressure incumbent starter Brock Osweiler. As the NFL Scouting Combine wraps up, here are two quarterbacks who the Texans should continue keeping their eye on:
QB Pat Mahomes (6-3, 215lbs)
Houston Texans’ Take:
Pat Mahomes has the raw skillset that will make coaches drool, scouts nervous, and general managers intrigued of spending a high draft pick on. With a late first round pick, Mahomes would be a very intriguing selection for the Texans to make. Mahomes could flourish under the tutelage of Bill O’Brien, as he could sit for a year and develop behind Brock Osweiler. Mahomes has prototypical size and arm talent for the position. His biggest questions are transitioning from an “Air Raid” offense in Lubbock, and being more consistent as a pocket passer. Considered a “risk-reward” pick, Mahomes has the franchise-altering potential that will make him a polarizing prospect in this year’s draft.
QB Brad Kaaya (6-4, 216lbs)
Houston Texans’ Take:
If the Houston Texans decide to forego spending the 25th overall pick on a quarterback, there are other quarterbacks that can be had in the middle rounds. One of the more interesting names at the position in former Miami Hurricane Brad Kaaya. Unlike Pat Mahomes, Kaaya has experience playing in a pro-style offense under Head Coach Mark Richt. However, Kaaya has shown struggles in being accurate under pressure. He still has talent though, and his size and arm strength make him a project quarterback with upside. In the 2nd-3rd round, Kaaya would be less of a risk than taking Mahomes in the 1st, and would allow the team to target an offensive lineman in the first round. With a re-tooled offensive line, the Texans could flourish under Brock Osweiler in 2017, before making way for Kaaya in 2018.
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