NFL Draft Poll: Who will the Texans select with the No. 1 pick?

With a couple of high-profile quarterbacks returning for their redshirt junior seasons in 2014, many would argue that next year's quarterback class is much more talented at the top than this year's group.

In some early 2015 mock drafts, I've seen Oregon's Marcus Mariota, UCLA's Brett Hundley and Florida State's Jameis Winston, the second consecutive freshman Heisman winner, all go in the top five -- and even top three -- picks.

No. 1 Pick in 2014 NFL Draft?
With the first pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select ... ?
Teddy Bridgewater
Blake Bortles
Johnny Manziel
Jadeveon Clowney


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For the Houston Texans, however, next year's (quarterback) class (at the top) may not matter too much.

Loaded with talent, the Texans were the pick of many (including me) in the preseason to represent the AFC in Super Bowl XLVIII. Obviously, that prediction couldn't have been any further off as the Texans lost a franchise-worst 14 consecutive games to close the season.

For their troubles, however, the Texans have the first pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. And if there is a position in need of an upgrade for the Texans, it's quarterback.

When asked (or at least in a tweeted general response), John McClain of the Houston Chronicle expects the pick to be one of three quarterbacks: Teddy Bridgewater, Blake Bortles or Johnny Manziel.

Manziel has said (via McClain): "I want everybody from the janitor at Reliant Stadium to the front-office executive assistant all the way up to (owner) Bob McNair to say, 'This kid is 100 percent, can't miss. This is who we want being the face of our program. We want the Texas kid staying in Texas and leading the Texans.' "

Johnny Football would make plenty of sense from a marketing standpoint, but I really don't see Manziel being the pick. (Considering my prediction track record, that probably means it's going to be Manziel.)

Of the other two, Bridgewater has more polish but Bortles has more upside. While some are worried about Bridgewater's frame and his ability to hold up to the pounding that NFL quarterbacks can take, Bortles has the prototypical size that many teams covet and some feel he'd best fit with what Bill O'Brien seeks in a franchise quarterback.

If the Texans decide to wait on quarterback, it's possible that they draft Jadeveon Clowney, the best defensive end prospect in many years and the top-ranked prospect on our consensus big board.

With the first overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, who will the Texans take?

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