Thursday the 2016 NFL Draft will be held in Chicago. 31 (New England doesn’t have a first round pick this year) young men will have their name called by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and will become instant millionaires. With them comes the dream of every fan that this player is the missing piece to be crowned Super Bowl champion.
The Houston Texans own the 22nd pick in the draft after going 9-7 and making the playoffs. A far cry from 2014 when the had the 1st overall pick in the draft, fresh off of a 2-14 season. Then QB Matt Schaub seemed to throw a pick 6 every week and was unceremoniously released. In need of a new quarterback the Texans were in prime position to draft a new signal caller.
They chose instead to draft a freakishly athletic albeit oft-inured DE from South Carolina named Jadaveon Clowney. In the process they passed on strong armed Blake Bortles, Texas A&M legend Johnny Manziel (whew) and Teddy Bridgewater.
But in the 2nd round, after having an opportunity to sleep on it, the Texans still had an opportunity to draft the QB of the future. Unfortunately for him this QB also had ties to the past. His name was Derek Carr. The younger brother of the Texans very first draft pick David Carr. Big brother David never threw more than 16 TD’s in a season and was sacked 249 times in his 5 years with the team. He just never lived up to his lofty draft status probably because the expansion team was so bad.
I don’t know why GM Rick Smith and owner Bob McNair choose to pass on Derek Carr and instead draft offensive lineman Xavier Su’a-Filo (who has only started 10 out of a possible 32 games). Maybe they thought they couldn’t sell it to the fan base that we are gonna give the Carr family one more shot at redemption.
If that’s the case its stupid!
Derek Carr was drafted three picks later by the Oakland Raiders and has already been named to a Pro Bowl. Hell, he has already thrown 53 TD’s in two seasons. David only managed 59 in his 5 years with the team.
To make matters worse the Texans have hitched $72M to Brock Osweiler a QB with 7 career starts under his belt in Denver while mainly serving as an understudy for Peyton Manning. If they had drafted Carr he would still have two years left on his rookie contract which is paying him $5,371,802.
You do the math.
Let’s hope the Texans make the most of this years draft picks.
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