NFL Draft: Can the Houston Texans Go From Pretenders to Contenders

The first overall pick in the NFL draft is a rather dubious distinction that belongs to the Houston Texans this season. On one hand it is a good thing that the team gets to pick from all of the talented college athletes in the draft but it also means that a year ago they were the worst team in the National Football League.

Although the Texans were awful last season, they could be one player away from playing for a super bowl title. That one player would be a quarterback. While many pundits believe that the Texans have their eye on Johnny Manziel out of Texas A&M there is another quarterback that is more suited for the job. That quarterback is Teddy Bridgewater out of Louisville.

Bridgewater, who led Louisville to a 23-3 record over his final two seasons, is widely considered the most pro-ready passer among a talented 2014 crop. He is already turning heads with his measurements.

He measured in at 6-foot-2, 214 pounds, good size for an NFL quarterback with room to even add a few more pounds. And despite questions about hand size, Bridgewater’s completion percentage and touchdown passes continued to steadily increase each of the past three seasons at the same time his interception totals declined.

Teams searching for a new franchise quarterback, such as Houston, which has the top pick in May, will spend these next 10 weeks trying to determine who to take in this three-man race – Bridgewater, Blake Bortles or 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Manziel. The obvious choice should be Bridgewater who would seemingly be a perfect fit. Bridgewater may not have the arm strength of Derek Carr, scrambling ability of Manziel or prototypical size of Bortles, but he encompasses everything an NFL team is looking for in a quarterback.

While at Louisville, Bridgewater operated in a progression-read offense, while many other college quarterbacks simply do not have any experience in this kind of pro-style scheme. Taking a calculated approach to the game, Bridgewater has a mature attitude for only being 21 years of age. Despite coming into the NFL as a rookie in 2014, he encompasses leadership abilities that will allow a team to rally around him. He is ready to be the signal caller for the Texans and would thrive in that offense which is surrounded with weapons on offense.

The current odds for the Texans to win the Super Bowl are a whopping 75 to 1 at the top rated online football betting sportsbooks, but that number can change if they are able to draft the quarterback that fits best in their system. If the Texans hit a home run in the draft they could automatically become contenders over night.

Cole Ryan

Cole Ryan

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