Todd McShay put out McMock 4.0 today, and you can bet that it will definitely turn some heads. Starting at the top of the draft, McShay has your Houston Texans slated to select South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (duh). Here is what McShay had to say about the pick.
There has been some Johnny Manziel-to-Houston buzz in the last few days, but I think this pick will come down to Clowney and UCF quarterback Blake Bortles. The Texans really need a QB, and Bortles has the highest ceiling of any passer in this draft, but I just think it's going to be too difficult for the Texans to pass on Clowney. He is the best player in this class and the most naturally talented defensive lineman I've ever evaluated, and guys like him simply don't come around that often. The Texans will find a good fit for him in defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel's versatile scheme.
In the second round, however, things get interesting when McShay prognosticates that Pittsburgh quarterback Tom Savage will get selected by the Texans with the 33rd overall pick. For those scoring at home, this would make him the fourth signal caller selected behind Blake Bortles, Johnny Manziel, and Teddy Bridgewater, respectively, according to McShay. Here are McShay’s thoughts on Savage to Houston:
This pick is made based on the premise that the Texans wouldn't need him to play right away. Savage has very good arm strength, but Bill O'Brien would need to work with him on getting the ball out quicker and improving his footwork.
Savage is, to put it bluntly, a project. 2013 was his first season as a starter since before J.J. Watt was even drafted, and his accuracy and decision making skills were spotty throughout the year. Yet if you want to gamble on arm strength and upside, you could do a lot worse than Tom Savage. Here is what Mike Mayock had to say about Savage in a February conference call.
"He's kicked around everywhere, he's been to a bunch of different colleges. But I finally got to see him this year stabilized in an offensive system for a year," Mayock said. "He's a big, strong kid. I saw him throw the football in eighth grade. Him and my son played on the same All‑Star Team in eighth grade and I was like, 'Wow, this kid for an eighth grader can really rip it.' Watching him this year, he's still a little bit all over the place. He has some accuracy issues at times, but he can really push the football down the field and he hasn't been in an offense long enough to really learn. So I think he's got some upside."
Savage does have a mild link to the Texans with Bill O’Brien already meeting the former Pitt Panther after his pro day and being named in a cluster of draftable quarterbacks by O’Brien in his town hall meeting, but it's still tough for me to imagine him being selected at 33rd overall at this point.
What do you think, BRB? Would you be happy with a Clowney-Savage pairing at the top of the draft? Do you think that is even possible?