Finally, after months of talking in circles and countless mock drafts, the 2014 NFL draft is here! The extra two weeks of "should the Houston Texans trade down" conversation added a few gray hairs to my head. Thanks, Rockettes.
The 2013 NFL season was long and miserable for Texans fans, but getting the No. 1 overall pick did help ease the pain. With that first pick, the Texans obviously have the pick of the litter, but that hasn't made their decision any easier.
As Texans owner Bob McNair pointed out recently at his press conference, if the best overall player available was a quarterback, their decision would be easy. However, as reported by NFL.com, McNair admits that the best player is a defensive end:
You take a guy like Jadeveon Clowney. He's obviously the best player in the draft, but he's a defensive end. He's not a quarterback. If he's a quarterback and the best player it's easy, but that's not the case. So can that defensive player have a greater impact on the success of your team than one of these quarterbacks? It's not a sure thing that he is.
Will they trade away the opportunity to select possibly the best pass-rushing prospect of the last decade? If they do, could that mean that they'll select popular fan choice Johnny Manziel from nearby Texas A&M? Either way, we'll get our answer soon.
Buckle up, Texans fans. The fun is about to start.