The Houston Texans traded away quarterback Matt Schaub to the Oakland Raiders this offseason and later signed Ryan Fitzpatrick to take his spot on the roster. Fitzpatrick is a veteran presence for the Texans under center, but that won't stop the team from adding at least one other quarterback in the 2014 NFL draft.
Houston is expected to select a quarterback early in this year's draft, with Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel and Blake Bortles of UCF considered the favorites.
However, even if the team uses the No. 1 overall pick on one of the top young signal-callers, they could still add another.
According to new Texans head coach Bill O'Brien, the Texans may draft two quarterbacks in May.
The Texans announced the news on their official Twitter account:
O'Brien says he brought Fitzpatrick in to compete with Keenum and Yates, and will "draft a QB, maybe two." #Texans
— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) March 31, 2014
The Washington Redskins employed the strategy of drafting two quarterbacks back in 2012, selecting Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins, so the move wouldn't be unprecedented. It would also provide the Texans with more flexibility in their future plans.
If the No. 1 overall pick turns out to be a success, they could have a valuable trade piece with the second signal-caller. If the first pick stumbles, they could always turn to the second homegrown quarterback.
Of course, there is no guarantee that the Texans roll with two quarterbacks, but it will be a possibility to consider as the draft draws nearer. Texans cut safety Danieal Manning after contract renegotiations fail