Bob McNair made NFL Draft-related comments on Fox 26, as reported by Pro Football Talk.com, which would seem to affirm my prediction that the team he owns, The Houston Texans, are at least seriously considering a trade with the St. Louis Rams. (Zennie62Media NFL Draft coverage sponsored by Courtyard New York Manhattan Central Park.)
Consider that the Rams have two 1st round picks in the 2014 NFL Draft, and the first one is just one spot down behind Houston. The Rams could switch with the Texans, or that could be part of a more involved three-team deal. The question is, which third team?
And in this update, don’t forget that Houston Texans Coach Bill O’Brien has said he wants to draft “maybe two” quarterbacks. A Rams trade makes that easier to do, early.
Here’s Bob McNair’s remarks:
“Really at this point we don’t know and we really won’t know until right up at the time we have to make a decision because people are talking to us about the possibility of trading down and it’s a question of what people offer, whether their offer is such that it’s worthwhile to trade down.
“You take a guy like 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. . . . If somebody wants you to drop down and they give you two or three more picks that would let you get two or three more quality players, are you a stronger team dropping down a little bit, getting these additional picks and getting more depth?
“You got three quarterbacks and all of them have some holes in their resume. A quarterback that goes out and performs for you and is a franchise quarterback is more valuable than a player playing another position, but there’s a lot more risk there. It’s a more difficult position to play and there are lot more failures.
“You drop down and there’s another group close behind, not exactly where they are, and maybe one of those quarterbacks will become better than one of these other three. There are no slam dunks. There are no Andrew Lucks out there, no Peyton Mannings. If there were it would be an easy decision, but that’s not the case.”