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Dec 5, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Louisville Cardinals quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) against the Cincinnati Bearcats at Nippert Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Texans may target Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel

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NFL mock draft scenarios are endless, and in part, that’s why I think we like them so much. The NFL draft provides possibilities, and for teams and fan bases that desperately need it, they provide hope.

One of those teams is the Houston Texans, who surprisingly, have had a horrible year in 2013. This was a franchise that looked to be a few steps away from being a Super Bowl contender. Now? We’re talking about Houston potential getting the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

In fact, if the season ended today (kind of a pointless statement because it doesn’t, right?) the 2-12 Texans would have the first pick. With games against Denver and Tennessee coming up to end the season, there’s a good chance the Texans will remain the worst team in the league.

So, on to the mocks.

Gil Brandt of has two interesting scenarios in mind, both which involve the Texans taking a quarterback. Here’s his take:

If he comes out for the draft as expected, Teddy Bridgewater is an obvious possibility for the Texans. But they could also try to move down if there’s a willing trade partner. Let’s say it’s Cleveland, which would probably like to take a quarterback and has two first-round picks (picks No. 6 and 24 if the season ended today), a second-rounder, and two third-rounders in 2014. Houston might consider trading down with the Browns, sign a veteran QB, and draft a quarterback like Fresno State’s Derek Carr or maybe Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel.

I personally like the trade scenario for Texans because it involves a quarterback like Carr or Manziel spending a season or two behind a veteran quarterback. Call me old school, but I can’t think of a better way to prepare a young quarterback than to have him sit and learn the ropes for a bit.

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The NFL is a tough league, and the transition from college to pros is a tough one.

What do you think Texans fans? Would you roll with Bridgewater right off the bat, or take a chance on developing a quarterback like Manziel? Who would undoubtedly be a fan-favorite in Texas.

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