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McClain: Texans Eyeing Quarterback In First Round Of 2017 NFL Draft

Could the Texans draft the second first-round quarterback in team history later this month?

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The Houston Texans are operating in a post-Tony Romo quarterback world as they prepare to enter the 2017 NFL Draft. The thought of the Texans actually drafting a quarterback in the first round has gone from a foreign concept to possible, maybe even probable, overnight.

The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain is calling his shot before the draft that the Texans will take Deshaun Watson, Mitch Trubisky, or Patrick Mahomes II in the first round.

At some level, it makes sense the Texans would commit to a quarterback early without a quarterback with major upside on the roster. Bill O’Brien will roll with Tom Savage, or insert name of retread quarterback (Jay Culter or Colin Kaepernick?) in 2017, and build for the future with whomever the team drafts.

The question that lingers: Why have the Texans just now committed to this idea in 2017 when the team needed an option for the future at quarterback for more than five seasons?