2014 NFL Mock Draft: Mel Kiper, Jr. And Todd McShay Disagree About Who The Houston Texans Will Take First Overall

Polarizing. - Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN's two draft gurus have released their latest mock drafts, and they are not of the same mind when it comes to who the Houston Texans will pick first in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Mel Kiper, Jr. and Todd McShay have released the second version of their 2014 NFL Mock Drafts (which you can find here and here), and they do not agree about who your Houston Texans will take with the first overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Kiper opines that the Texans will take Johnny Manziel:

My internal debate here was Mr. Football or Mr. Clowney. Thing is, I don't think that's too much different than the scenario going on with Houston right now -- just add a few players to the mix. In Manziel, you get a quarterback who in my opinion is ready to play NFL football and make plays, and is preparing with the goal of helping a team right away. In Jadeveon Clowney, you get the most talented player in the draft, a defensive force to pair somewhere along the line with J.J. Watt and create major problems for opposing offenses. Right now I'll stick with the early bet on Manziel, and the idea that coach Bill O'Brien becomes convinced this is his QB of the future.

McShay, on the other hand, says Jadeveon Clowney will be the Texans' pick:

Passing up on a quarterback here, particularly in-state product Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M, might be a public relations nightmare, but that would pale in comparison to the nightmares the combination of Clowney and J.J. Watt would create for opposing offenses. Clowney's production dipped this season and his motor ran hot and cold as the season went on, but he is the most talented player in this class and possesses a rare blend of size, strength and athleticism, and Watt could help him develop his technique and discipline.

If the Texans do end up taking a QB, don't be surprised if it's UCF's Blake Bortles over Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater. For starters, while Manziel is more dynamic and Bridgewater is more polished, Bortles has the sturdiest frame, outstanding mental makeup, good accuracy -- both in the pocket and on the move -- and the proven ability to deliver in the clutch. Plus, Bill O'Brien was an assistant under Bortles' college coach, George O'Leary, at Georgia Tech, so that could provide O'Brien with the confidence to take Bortles if O'Leary gives him the full stamp of approval.

Are either of these options better in your mind than Blake Bortles? Or Teddy Bridgewater?

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