Team Needs: Quarterback, Cornerback, Outside Linebacker
What the Houston Texans do to kick off the second day of the 2014 NFL draft will depend a great deal on how they begin the first.
If the Texans stand pat on Day 1 and take Mack or Clowney, there's going to be a lot of pressure on the team to draft a young quarterback to pair with veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Part of that pressure is borne of the fact that the stock of many of this year's top quarterbacks has been slipping of late. So much so, in fact, that the NFL Network's Mike Mayock told Jim Corbett of USA Today he believes there could be several options open to Houston when the second round gets underway:
There's four or five guys who are in that next level after (Johnny) Manziel and (Blake) Bortles. In no particular order, it's Fresno State's Derek Carr, LSU's Zach Mettenberger, Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater, Eastern Illinois' Jimmy Garoppolo, and Alabama's A.J. McCarron. Different teams like different flavors. They're the five most obvious ones who could go at the end of the first, the beginning of the second.
Of course, if the Texans drop back and select a quarterback later in Round 1, then we're dealing with an entirely different kettle of fish.
The depth of this year's class has left an embarrassment of riches for teams picking at the back of the first round or top of the second.
Want to improve a secondary that was exposed at times in 2013? This is a very deep draft at the position, and players like Ohio State's Bradley Roby and TCU's Jason Verrett could fall into Day 2.
Or the Texans could address the right side of the offensive line by adding fast-rising Nevada guard Joel Bitonio or Virginia tackle Morgan Moses.
Pass rush more your speed? The Texans could look inside or out, bolstering the line with Notre Dame's Louis Nix or the linebackers with BYU's Kyle Van Noy.
Whichever direction the Texans choose, one thing appears certain.
The Texans are in an excellent position to add a pair of players in the first two rounds who should be immediate contributors.