Re: So .... Who's your QB in 2014 ?!
If OíBrien and Smith believe Mallett can be their franchise QB, then trading for him makes the most sense. True OíBrien hasnít been around Mallett the past couple years, however coach Godsey has. They should have a good feel there. I would not think the Texans would want to give the 2.33 for Mallett, thatís too much. Under the new draft structure the 2.33 has become very valuable. If they canít get him for a three, they can look at trading back and getting a two as part of the package compensation, and use it on a Mallett trade.
By trading down youíll likely miss out on Clowney, but not sure Texans want to invest a top five pick, some $15-$20 million guaranteed on a player with questionable work habits. How hard is he going to be willing to work once he gets all that coin? Sure youíll have Watt and Cushing to push him, but will he respond? WTSÖ Iím sure the Texans brass has a pretty good feel for Clowney after they interviewed him at the Combine.
If looking for defense, better option may be trading down say with Minnesota at the 1.8 and draft a guy like Khalil Mack. Something like this would land them Mallett (2nd round pick from trading down) and Mack for the 1.1 andÖ likely another pick or two. While youíre not getting the freakish athleticism of a Clowney, you may be getting a better all-around football player and locker room presence. If you donít like Mack there or if he isnít available Justin Gilbert will be on the board. Like what Iíve seen and heard from OíBrien, he has a good track record at the QB position in terms of development. Whatever they do, they need to get it right.