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Old 02-08-2014   #133
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Default Re: What should the Texans do with their number one pick?

What 2011 can teach us about drafting QBs
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The Houston Texans need a quarterback, but need is a dangerous word around this time of year.

Bad things can happen when a team considers need disproportionately to what's available. The 2011 NFL draft provides a good case study on the matter. That season those who waited fared better than those who didn't, showing that if you're not sure about the quarterbacks available to you, it's better not to force it.

Back then the Panthers, Bengals, Cardinals, 49ers, Titans, Vikings, Redskins and Jaguars all had clear quarterback needs. The Panthers had the top pick and an infatuation with Cam Newton that worked out to the benefit of both parties.

Things got murkier after that. Newton and Blaine Gabbert were widely talked about as the top two quarterbacks in that draft. The Panthers did quite a bit of work on Gabbert back then, too, but nothing they saw drew them away from Newton. The rest of the quarterbacking field was a group that came with talent and many questions.

The Cardinals traded for Kevin Kolb later that offseason, a gamble that didn't work so well and ultimately contributed to the firing of coach Ken Whisenhunt.

The other teams can be divided into those who waited and those who...
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