So bear with me here, as this is my first FanPost, albeit after years and tons of replies to all sorts of other posts.
This year's first draft pick is massively important, obviously. I'd also argue that it is probably the second most important in franchise history, following the very first one we ever had. There is a tremendous amount of pressure involving this pick, from a number of different angles. I'll try and list a few:
EXPECTATIONS - The expected performance for this team is extremely high, from the owner, the fan base, the pundits, even from Vegas. Heck, a number of those had us going to the Super Bowl last season. There is definite talent on our team, there is an anxious owner, as well as a very winnable division in the AFC South. The expectations for this team, despite earning the dubious honor of making the first pick in the draft, are huge.
VACUUM AT QB - Right now, there is a massive black hole where there should be a signal caller and leader for this team. You can probably thank Matt Schaub for that. You can't have an epic record breaking run of pick sixes thrown and survive on that same team. He's done. Unfortunately his backups did themselves no favors, especially when it came to completing games.
NO CONSENSUS - Right now, there is no agreed upon, clear number one prospect in the draft. Most agree that Clowney is the best talent overall in the draft right now, but even with him there are so many who question his drive due to a lackluster college season last year. Even amongst the QBs, most clearly say Bridgewater is the most pro-ready, but so many (experts and otherwise) differ on who of them will even be picked first.
RAMS AT TWO - Due to the massive haul St Louis received for RG3, a team with a much better record can afford to take whoever they want with the second pick, and are also poised to trade said pick to the highest bidder. As such, the likelihood of Houston being able to trade their own pick, with no clear #1 prospect, is significantly diminished.
You take all these factors, and they put a tremendous amount of strain on the front office. So why in all honesty, would you use that pick then, to select a player for the most important position in the game, especially when there is no clear cut consensus QB ranked as even a consistent top 5 player in the draft? If we take a QB at 1.1, the pressure and expectation to start the kid, to anoint him as QB1, from day one, before any camp, before any competition, would be overwhelming. I know there are some who have said that they would be ok with sitting their QB selected at 1.1 for a year, behind a vet. That is entirely unrealistic. Having them NOT be the starter, barring injury, would be seen as a huge failure on their part. This is not the same for other positions, where a shared role is nearly always the norm. I want to see a competition at QB, even if it takes most of the offseason. Heck even partially through pre-season. I want to be SURE about our next QB, because it is so darn important. And since there is no QB that the majority would feel completely confident in declaring the starter on day one in May, then I'm entirely satisfied at looking at any other position for 1.1. Clowney or Mack can come in, and the expectations at their specific positions would be significantly reduced. Heck even Watkins or OT at 1.1 (both which I feel would be a reach) would come with less pressure. It is simply due to the fact that the position of QB is so important, and would need to be as much of a can't miss prospect that high in the draft, that this year you have to pass on need and go for the best player available, or trade down if you can. But even at 1.3 and several more spots down, the pressure would still be there to start the kid right away, and not delay, or mess around with a competition. And we just can't afford that, with such an important position.
Anyhow, I hope this post, and my rambling, make some sense at least. I just want the team to be entirely confident with who they pick at número uno. Because this, my friends, is gonna be huge.