Another Monday, another mock draft. This week’s iteration has Matthew Fairburn once again slotting Blake Bortles to the Houston Texans at first overall despite Teddy Bridgewater still being the top quarterback in this class according to the MTD rankings. Here is what Fairburn had to say about the pick.
At this point, the Texans appear to be leaning toward taking a quarterback with the No. 1 pick. Blake Bortles appears to be the front-runner to be the top pick in the draft. He may not be the most pro-ready quarterback, but given his size, athleticism and arm strength, he may have more developmental upside than the rest of the group. Bortles also helped himself at the NFL Scouting Combine. He was the only one of the top three quarterbacks who decided to throw in Indianapolis, and he performed well. Houston has four realistic options at No. 1.: Bortles, Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel and Jadeveon Clowney. Right now, Bortles and Clowney are where I lean with this pick.
Bridgewater would eventually be fake-selected two picks later by the fake Jaguars at third overall, while Johnny Manziel went to the Raiders fifth. Houston would then go on to select Alabama offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandijo at the top of the second round. Kouandijo was found to have "ugly" arthritic knees at the Combine and was likely removed completely from the boards of several teams. Here is Fairburn's take.
Now that the Texans have their quarterback of the future, they need to make sure they project him. Cyrus Kouandjio falls a bit due to his knee concerns, but Houston can't pass up the value at the top of the second round.
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