While Tony Romo is being held hostage in Dallas, let’s look at Houston’s opportunities in the draft.
Even though Bill O’Brien is “really excited about Tom Savage”, and Tony Romo could be on his way from Dallas, the Houston Texans most likely will look for a young signal-caller in the 2017 NFL Draft. The only question is where they’ll get their guy. The last quarterback they picked was Savage in the fourth round of the 2014 draft.The franchise hasn’t picked a QB in the first three rounds since Dave Ragone in 2003. David Carr is the only quarterback they have taken in the first round. 2017 might be the year that changes. Here’s a look at Houston’s possibilities in every round of the 2017 NFL Draft:
The franchise hasn’t picked a QB in the first three rounds since Dave Ragone in 2003. David Carr is the only quarterback they have taken in the first round.2017 might be the year that changes. Here’s a look at Houston’s possibilities in every round of the 2017 NFL Draft:
2017 might be the year that changes. Here’s a look at Houston’s possibilities in every round of the 2017 NFL Draft:
Round 1: Patrick Mahomes, Texas Tech
I expect some quarterbacks to already be off the board, like Mitchell Trubisky and DeShone Kizer. Patrick Mahomes, however, might still be available because of his untraditional style of play. Mahomes is a guy that just might be better throwing on the run than from the pocket, and he makes incredible throws under pressure. His footwork might look sloppy, but he makes it work. The arm talent is obviously there, as he has one of the strongest arms in this years draft class. In my opinion, he’s the quarterback with the biggest upside in this class. If he’s available at pick 25, Houston should have the card ready.
Pat Mahomes is like your fav burger. When you havent had it for a while you think "is it really that good?". Then you eat it, and yes it is. pic.twitter.com/LrUsaIYnF2
— Mattis Holt (@MatrixHolt) February 10, 2017
Round 2: Davis Webb, California
Webb brings a big frame and strong arm to the table. At 6-5 and 229 pounds, he’s exactly what teams look for at the quarterback position. We all know O’Brien likes tall quarterbacks with arm strength, and Webb is the best prototypical “Billy O” quarterback in this draft. Webb really impressed me at the Senior Bowl in January, and his tape is not awful. He’s accurate deep, he’s accurate on the run, and his arm talent is elite. He only started one year at Cal, and his draft stock will take a hit from Jared Goff’s terrible rookie season. However, he’s a Day 2 prospect that could be the right fit for Houston.
— Mattis Holt (@MatrixHolt) March 28, 2017
Round 3: Brad Kaaya, Miami
Brad Kaaya is a good passer, but he doesn’t seem to have the frame to survive in the NFL. He’s tall, but slim, and his arm strength is just average. However, he has three full years of experience as a starter, which always looks good on the resume’. Like most quarterbacks, Kaaya struggles when he sees pressure coming, but he’s deadly accurate when he has the time to go through progressions. Even though he lacks size and arm strength, he might be too good to pass on in the third round.
Round 4: Jerod Evans, Virginia Tech
Here’s a guy to be excited about. The Cam Newton comparisons are easy to make, as Evans has a big, mobile frame and a big arm. Coming from JuCo, Evans only started 14 games at Virginia Tech, but he made them count. He passed for 3,546 yards and 29 touchdowns, with a completion percentage of 63.5. He’s a riser and he’s perfect for O’Brien.
Round 5: Chad Kelly, Ole Miss
The story of Chad Kelly is a special one. He’s one of the players having to take a shot at “Last Chance U” (check out the show on Netflix), after being kicked off of the team at Clemson. He did a good enough job at East Mississippi Community College to get an offer from Ole Miss. Kelly started for two years, throwing for almost 7,000 yards. He doesn’t have the size, but he has the arm. He made Evan Engram a potential first-round pick and deserves to be drafted despite his off-field issues at Clemson.
— Mattis Holt (@MatrixHolt) March 28, 2017
Round 6: No draft pick
Round 7: Alek Torgersen, Penn
Finding a solid quarterback in the seventh round isn’t easy, but Alek Torgersen makes sense for the Texans. He is a three-year starter with a huge arm. He has no experience from anything similar to a pro-style offense, but he has shown that he has the brain to get new concepts quickly. He’s definitely a project, but what do you expect to get in the seventh round? Torgersen is the best project out there.