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HOUSTON - The first two times the Houston Texans had the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, they chose quarterback David Carr and defensive end Mario Williams. Odds are that theyll use this years top choice on one of those two positions again. South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is widely considered the best player available in this years draft. Pairing him with 2012 Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt could give the Texans the best 1-2 pass-rushing punch in the NFL. The problem is that while Houston could use another game-changing defensive player, the need at quarterback is more dire. The Texans traded Matt Schaub in the off-season after a terrible year in which he was benched after six games. The Texans signed veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick in the off-season, but he probably isnt the long-term solution to their quarterback woes. Several talented quarterbacks in this draft have questions attached to them concerning whether they are cant-miss prospects worthy of the No. 1 pick. Considered the best of the crop are Texas A&Ms Johnny Manziel, Louisvilles Teddy Bridgewater and Blake Bortles of Central Florida. Some worry that Manziels size will be a detriment in the NFL. Bridgewater had a bad pro day. Bortles has taken criticism because of his limited mobility. Manziel is somewhat of a folk hero in Texas after winning the Heisman Trophy in 2012. Billboards imploring the Texans to "Keep Johnny Football in Texas" dot the freeways around Houston, and Manziel, of course, has said hed love to play here. Though the team is under different management than in 2006, Houston is unlikely to let public sentiment about not letting the homegrown player get away sway its decision. The Texans passed on former Texas quarterback Vince Young, who grew up in Houston and led the Longhorns to a national title, in favour of Williams the last time they had the first pick. Houston general manager Rick Smith did say this week his team would consider trading out of the top spot. "If we take the first pick, we know who we want," Smith said. "(But) we are obviously open to moving out of the first pick, if in fact there is an opportunity for us to do so and if we think that is in the best interest of the organization." Five things to know about the Texans heading into the draft: LATE-ROUND QBs: If the Texans do use their first pick on Clowney, recent history has shown they could still pick up a solid (or better) starting quarterback later in the draft. San Franciscos Colin Kaepernick was chosen in the second round in 2011, and Seattles Russell Wilson was taken in the third round a year later. "I think theres an idea of a traditional quarterback that is successful in the NFL and I think those two examples are guys that dont necessarily fit the ideal mode. And I think theyve also given people some confidence that you dont necessarily need to have a traditional type of quarterback to be successful in our league," Smith said. CANT GET ENOUGH: Though Smith shied away from discussing specific needs of his team on draft day, he did acknowledge one thing. "There are two positions that I never think you can have too many of: corners and tackles," he said. NEW PROCESS: Smith is adjusting to new coach Bill OBrien after working on the draft with Gary Kubiak, who was fired in December, for the last seven seasons. "The opportunity to step outside of that comfort zone, and learn something, gives me a chance to grow personally and professionally," Smith said. "That was a fun part of it." NO LOVE FOR Defence: Williams was the last defensive player selected with the first overall pick when Houston chose him in 2006. Before that, the last player on that side of the ball to go first was Penn State defensive end Courtney Brown to the Browns in 2000. The Texans have overwhelmingly gone with defence in the early rounds, choosing defenders with 14 of their 17 first- and second-round picks since 2004. FINE WITH THE MOVE: This years draft was pushed back from its usual time in April to May because Radio City Music Hall was unavailable. Smith was perfectly happy with the change for at least this year. "To have the first pick, the extra time has been good," Smith said. "I think that I enjoyed the schedule and the rhythm of the draft in April and would probably want to see it moved back, but Im enjoying it the fact that its in May this year for our selfish purposes." Air Max 97 Off White For Sale .The 24-year-old quarterback spent four seasons at Northern Illinois and in 2013 was a finalist for the Heisman, which is awarded annually to the most outstanding player in U. Cheap Air Max 97 .com) - Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price is set to return Tuesday against Nashville after sitting out the past two games because of a minor upper body injury. http://www.outletairmax97.com/wholesale-...undefeated.html. 3 Ohio State. Amedeo Della Valle had 15 points, Marc Loving scored a career-high 13 and the bench provided 38 points as the Buckeyes sprinted past Nebraska 84-53 on Saturday. Air Max 97 Have a Nike Day Blue . "Yeah, [I heard them]," he said. "They made me miss the free throw." A year ago, Lowrys post-game antics may not have been so well received but what was snide and snarky is now endearing quick wit. Air Max 97 Outlet . - A week after a late-game debacle on defence, the Pittsburgh Steelers showed they can finish.HOUSTON -- Montreal looked to be headed for its first victory in Houston in five tries after taking a lead early in the second half. But in a three minute span, that all changed. Two goals by Giles Barnes and the go-ahead goal by Ricardo Clark turned back the Impact in a 3-2 Dynamo victory Saturday night. "We had momentum, and we needed to keep the ball a little bit more, dont force it," said Montreal coach Frank Klopas. "We were under control, and we lose momentum at times when we could be better with our decision making. "I think a lot of positives, but disappointing that we give up three goals and lose a game that I think we should have walked away (from) with points." Klopas also blasted the officiating for what he thought should have been a late hand ball in the box on Houston. Marco Di Vaio was passing the ball to Dilly Duka in the box in the 88th minute, and the ball appeared to deflect off Houston defender A.J. Cochrans hand, but referee Fotis Bazakos did not blow the whistle to award Montreal a penalty kick. "In the end, we had a clear penalty at the end of the game," Klopas said. "With this referee, I dont know if its because hes Greek, and I am Greek or if we dont get any calls because we are Montreal but something has to change. We need to start getting some calls. "Im not saying to give us calls, but clear 100 per cent, and its not given. The league has to do something about that. Its embarrassing." Duka agreed with his coach on the call. "They got a ton more calls than us, a lot more," Duka said. "I didnt see many go our way. Again, thats not what cost us the game." Montreal (5-15-5, 20 points) took a 2-1 lead in the 55th minute on a goal by Ignacio Piatti.dddddddddddd Di Vaio fed a through ball to Piatti, who got behind three Dynamo defenders and scored from the top of the box past a sliding tackle from Houston goalkeeper Tyler Deric. Houston (9-13-4, 31 points) responded with Barnes second goal of the night in the 62nd minute, taking a cross from Omar Cummings in the middle of the box and hitting a left-footed one-timer inside the far post. Barnes put the Dynamo up 1-0 in the 30th minute. "Its difficult," Duka said. "A team like Houston will punish you. They have some quality players, and if you turn off, they are going to punish you." After Cummings sent one off the crossbar in the 64th minute, Clark gave the Dynamo the 3-2 lead, tapping in a Brad Davis corner kick on the far post after David Horst headed it to him. "When you give up three goals, you have to look at yourself in the mirror," Montreal defender Wandrille Lefevre said. "Three goals is too much. You usually lose when you give up three goals." Montreal tied it 1-1 in the 40th minute after Duka took a pass from Felipe Martins at the top of the box and sent one inside the far post. The Impact had a chance to continue their recent momentum. Entering winners of two of the last three, Montreal left Houston dropping its second in its last three and ninth in its last 11. Montreal remains the worst team in MLS. "We scored two goals, and we should have won," Klopas said. "Clear hand ball in the end and disappointed with the ref. Montreal Impact, we never get any calls. Its a joke." ' ' '

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