2014 NFL Draft Rumors: Will Houston Texans Draft Khalil Mack With No. 1 Overall Pick?

The Houston Texans have been on the clock with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft for months now. If you read every mock NFL draft on the Internet, you will see that many self-proclaimed experts have differing opinions as to which player the Texans will draft with the first overall pick. Many feel that new Houston head coach Bill O’Brien would love to take a quarterback to groom. Others feel that pairing up J.J. Watt with Jadeveon Clowney could give the Texans the most formidable front line in the game today. The bottom line is that only a handful of people have a final say in the matter, and the current speculation surrounding the Texans involves rumors that Houston general manager Rick Smith prefers Khalil Mack over Clowney, but that does not necessarily mean that they will take him at No. 1. Peter King of MMQBSI.com still believes that the Texans could go in a few different directions.

“Houston, at No. 1, isn’t set on Jadeveon Clowney,” wrote King. “In fact, one FORS (Friend of Rick Smith) told me the Texans general manager likes Khalil Mack over Clowney, and we still don’t know which quarterback Houston would choose if it chooses one first overall. I still think the Texans would go with a more sure thing with the first overall pick than a quarterback—and that sure thing could also be tackle Greg Robinson. But imagine Mack, the outside linebacker from the University of Buffalo, being the first pick in a stacked draft. Wouldn’t that be something—a second straight Mid-American Conference player (Eric Fisher, Central Michigan, by Kansas City) as the top pick in the NFL draft?”

Clearly, with just over two and a half weeks until the 2014 NFL Draft officially begins, many top prospects remain in play when it comes to the No. 1 overall pick. The Texans could still take Clowney. Or, they could draft Mack. Houston may also decide to go with Robinson. Then again, the team could take a quarterback such as Blake Bortles or Johnny Manziel.

Or, if they remain this undecided when they are officially on the clock with 10 minutes left, the Texans could trade the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft to a team who covets one of the aforementioned players.



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Rob Kelley

Rob Kelley is a sports reporter for various newspapers in Florida, and is trying to break back into the sports writing game after a brief hiatus following the publishing of his first book, I'm Not a Quitter. He recently resigned as Editor-in-Chief and lead writer for The South Shore Magazine to pursue better opportunities. You can follow him on Twitter @RobKelley24.