If you don't have a competent NFL starting quarterback, your team will be picking in the top five almost every year. Houston, I'm looking at you here. To a lesser extent, I'm also looking at Cleveland, Oakland and Jacksonville here too.
Teams with halfway-competent quarterbacks don't pick in the top five unless they trade for the pick there or their quarterback is injured for the season.
You mean, Mario Williams didn't help Houston win more games in 2006?
Sure. He was the swing from 2-14 to 6-10 the next year.
How about Chris Long for the Rams in 2008?
Nope. They regressed from 3-13 to 2-14.
Surely, the 2002 Carolina Panthers got better because of taking Julius Peppers in 2002!
It's not too hard to improve from 1-15. But they still finished last in the NFC South despite being 7-9.
The common denominator here is the lack of a competent—or average—quarterback. When the Texans traded for Matt Schaub in 2007? They finally hit .500 for the first time in franchise history. When the Rams finally got Sam Bradford in 2010, they went from averaging two wins per season to seven wins per season.
Even the Panthers in 2003 needed to bring in the highly average Jake Delhomme to start making the playoffs for once. And this Houston team has much more talent on it than the 2003 Panthers did. So what is making everyone think that adding a defensive end will be the right move for Houston?
Houston had the seventh-best defense in the NFL in 2013. So why do you pass up a quarterback to help your 26th-ranked passing attack based on yards per attempt? A passing offense that had just 19 passing touchdowns compared to its 22 interceptions.
Get a competent quarterback, Houston. Secure the guy who will be the perfect fit for your offense or you will be picking in the top 10 again next year. Just ask Gary Kubiak, John Fox and Steve Spagnuolo about it. They've made the same mistakes.
You have multiple options in this year's draft. Make sure to take the best one. There is one option that stand out from the pack for the best fit in Houston's system—Teddy Bridgewater.
There are few quarterbacks that have come out of college better than Bridgewater has. He's in excellent company as one of the few true franchise quarterbacks to ever come out of college completely pro-ready. He's just as good if not better than Andrew Luck or Matt Ryan coming out.
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While he doesn't have the cannon that even some of the other quarterbacks in this class have, his arm is more than adequate for the starting gig on an NFL team. He makes excellent decisions and understands how to minimize his turnovers.
He also has the kind of mobility that allows him to buy time to find targets if they are covered initially. The Texans would love to have someone who could utilize all of their weapons to their maximum production. There's too much talent in Houston for Bridgewater to fail.
He'd have a top-level offensive line with Duane Brown leading the group and protecting his blind side. As far as his targets are concerned, Nuk Hopkins, Andre Johnson and Garrett Gilbert would be a nice start. Add in the zone-based running game led by Arian Foster, and the Texans are an ideal situation for a rookie quarterback.
Bridgewater could really boost the offence much more than Matt Schaub ever did. The Texans need to lock down their franchise quarterback this year. Otherwise, they'll be in for a long season with way too much talent to be as bad as they were in 2013.
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Scott Carasik is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He covers the Atlanta Falcons, College Football, NFL and the NFL draft. He also runs DraftFalcons.com.