2014 NFL Draft: Should the Texans Draft Johnny Manziel or Jadeveon Clowney?

Michael KimbleContributor IIIFebruary 24, 2014

Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt leaves the field after an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, in Houston, Texas. The Rams won 38-13. (AP Photo/J. Patric Schneider)
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The Houston Texans might be one of the most talented teams to ever hold the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft. With stars like J.J. Watt, Arian Foster, and Andre Johnson, the opportunity to draft the best player in the entire draft class could immediately make the Texans serious Super Bowl contenders once again.

Because quarterback Matt Schaub underwhelmed in Houston last year, and because former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel is a top draft prospect, many Texans fans would be happy to have "Johnny Football" under center in 2014.

But while a Manziel-Houston marriage might seem like a match made in heaven, defensive prospect Jadeveon Clowney might be too tempting to pass up. The Texans already have one of the best defensive players in the league in end J.J. Watt, and adding Clowney opposite him could make the Texans defense one of the best units in football.

Of course, that would leave the quarterback problem still largely unsolved. Although backups Case Keenum and T.J. Yates have shown some potential, the Texans likely won't hinge their future on either of them. 

One intriguing option that should be considered is trading for Washington Redskins backup Kirk Cousins. Although the Redskins have said they want to keep the third-year signal-caller as insurance for their own quarterback situation, they should consider the option of giving up Cousins for a draft pick. 

The Texans wouldn't have to give up their number one pick, although they likely would have to give up their second-round pick to get him. For the Redskins, they would be receiving a high second-round pick, which is close in value to a late first-round pick, which should be appealing for Washington, since they do not have a first-round draft pick this year.

Like Keenum and Yates, Cousins doesn't have much NFL starting experience, but in relief of Griffin he has been consistently good, even with a team last year that had limited talent and was going through a major locker room upheaval. Putting Cousins on a team with more weapons on offense, and defensive talent on the other side of the ball, could give him a chance to flourish.

Although Texans fans will want to see their home-state hero Manziel stay in Texas, drafting Jadeveon Clowney and then looking at other options at quarterback may be the best bet to rebuilding a Super Bowl-contending team.