(SportsRadio 610) - With the Texans sitting at No. 2 overall in the NFL Draft next month, it seems likely they are going to take a quarterback.
They need a franchise quarterback and there are two at the top of this draft class - Bryce Young and C.J. Stroud. It seemed possible the Texans could land their pick of the two, if the Chicago Bears, who already have a quarterback they believe in, stayed at No. 1 and picked a defensive player.
Once the Bears traded the No. 1 pick to the Carolina Panthers one week ago, it became far less likely the Texans would be able to take the first quarterback off the board. The Panthers also are searching for a franchise quarterback. Now, the question is simply which one will they pick.
Texans college scouting director James Liipfert spoke with reporters Friday afternoon via Zoom and had this to say when asked about those two QBs:
"I’ll stay away from strengths and weaknesses. I would say at the end of the day, they are both productive players, and they played in big games and they both shined in big games," Liipfert said. "Regardless of position, you want to draft productive players and you want to draft good people. Those are guys, along with a lot of guys in this draft, they check a production box and they’re both good dudes. I’ve talked to both of them, and I would say they’re both good guys. I like both of them. Just a part of the combine process and again meeting them there along with several other quarterbacks and a lot of other positions.
"Again, I don’t want to get into strengths and weaknesses, but those guys, tip of the cap to their programs. They came in as two young bucks from California to the state of Alabama and the state of Ohio. That’s easier said than done in two big time programs, and they both did a nice job. I enjoyed watching these last couple of years, and we’ll see what their future holds."