More and more names are starting to leak out regarding who the Houston Texans will be visiting with. Earlier Sunday, it was reported that Clemson’s Deshaun Watson is scheduled to meet with the Houston Texans on Monday and/or Tuesday. Now, it appears the Texans will be hosting another top-flight signal caller this week. The Houston Chronicle is reporting that Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes will meet with the team this week.
Houston’s need for an upgrade at quarterback has been well documented. After trading failed free agent quarterback Brock Osweiler, the team lost out on a Tony Romo signing when the veteran retired. Heading into the offseason, it’s apparent that the Texans need to draft a quarterback of the future. Now, the team appears to be taking the necessary steps to evaluate which quarterback they want to select.
Pat Mahomes #5
Pat Mahomes is an intriguing gunslinger coming out of an “Air Raid” offense. The offensive scheme has not been conducive to developing successful NFL quarterbacks. However, the thought is that Mahomes can be the exception to that rule. Last season, Mahomes dazzled both inside and outside the pocket. He ended up with 5,052 passing yards and a 41-10 Touchdown-Interception ratio. Mahomes added another 12 touchdowns on the ground. He consistently showed a gunslinger’s mentality. Additionally, he showed an innate ability for extending the play. As a result, he has been compared to guys like Brett Favre, Ben Roethlisberger and Tony Romo.
The question becomes whether a) Mahomes can transition from Texas Tech’s offense to an NFL offense, and b) whether Mahomes will even be available for the Houston Texans to select. Mahomes has 18 private visits schedules with NFL teams. That level of interest and his draft stock indicate that teams believe Mahomes can make the transition to the pros. The next question becomes whether Mahomes will be available for the Texans to select.
Draft Day Scenarios:
There are four quarterbacks who are viewed as being the top tier of the draft class. Mahomes is bunched in with Mitchell Trubisky, Deshone Kizer, and Deshaun Watson. It is highly likely that all four are selected within the top 32 picks. However, each quarterback has seen their stock fall anywhere from the top-10 to the second round. If any of these players starts falling, the Texans could wind up with their quarterback of the future.
However, another interesting scenario could develop. With the drop off in talent after the first four quarterbacks, we could see teams jostling up draft boards to get their guy. In the Houston Texans case, they have to worry about seeing a team that has an early 2nd round pick (Cleveland, Chicago, San Francisco 49ers, New York Jets) possibly trying to leapfrog Houston to select one of the quarterbacks. Don’t be surprised if the Texans make a move up the boards on draft night to get their guy. With an extra 4th round pick from the Osweiler trade, the Texans may be more inclined to give up a pick to jump up and secure the future at quarterback. Whether Mahomes, or antoher signal caller, the Texans must come away with a quarterback in the draft.