I've been unable to find the "web chat" that the Chronicle's Randy Harvey is referencing, but he writes that Kiper believes your Houston Texans should go defense if they hang on to the first overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft:
Although virtually everyone else who has weighed in on the subject believes the Texans should use the No. 1 draft pick, if they are in position to do so, on a quarterback, specifically quarterback Teddy Bridgewater from Louisville.
Mel Kiper Jr., one of ESPN’s draft experts, disagrees. He said on a web chat Tuesday the Texans should take either UCLA outside linebacker Anthony Barr or South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.
He qualified that by saying the Texans’ pick would depend on the new coach and his system.
Personally, I suppose I could handle the Texans passing on Teddy Bridgewater with that first overall pick, provided they deem another quarterback a better player than Bridgewater and select said other quarterback with that pick. Sorry, Pro-Clowney/Pro-Barr/Bridgewater Isn't Worthy Of The Top Pick camps.
If the Texans do have the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft and a king's ransom via a trade offer isn't on the table, they must go QB. Truth be told, if the Texans believe the QB on the top of their board, whether it's Bridgewater or someone else, is significantly better than his draftable peers, you could even make an argument that they should turn down a trade offer.
Not to put too fine a point on it, but QUARTERBACK IS EVERYTHING. Case Keenum is not the answer. I have to respectfully disagree with Kiper.
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