For those that believe the Houston Texans are dead set on grabbing a quarterback with the number one overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, thus passing on Jadeveon Clowney, might want to think again. According to a report from NFL.com, the Texans have a real interest in making a trade for New England Patriots QB Ryan Mallett, which would leave the option open to draft Clowney and get a new, young franchise QB still.
Citing a league source, MassLive.com’s Nick Underhill reports the Texans have “real” interest in acquiring Ryan Mallett from the New England Patriots.
Underhill told Around The League there is “nothing definite” yet, as it’s still in the “just talking” phase. But Houston’s interest is there.
This could make perfect sense for both sides. From the time the Patriots drafted Mallett after he himself fell through the draft cracks, most figured that it was so Bill Belichick could develop him behind Tom Brady and use him as trade bait for a later date.
For the Texans, Mallett is the prototypical signal caller to work with new head coach Bill O’Brien, and has the potential to lead this team into the future.
And yes, most importantly, the team could still take the dominant Clowney with the top pick.