Johnson spoke with our friend David Nuno of KTRK in Houston on Wednesday to promote his charity golf tournament next month and was asked what he would do with the No. 1 draft pick if he were running the Houston Texans.
“I have thought about different scenarios. Me personally, if I had it, I would probably trade it, but that’s just my opinion,” Johnson told Nuno.
“That doesn’t make it right,” he said. “Doesn’t mean they should listen to me, because I am not the GM. I have never had to sit in the draft room like that.”
Johnson, who was drafted third overall by the Texans in 2003, believes the Texans are not that far away from becoming contenders again. Houston went 12-4 in 2012 and lost in the divisional round of the playoffs and they were expected to be a Super Bowl contender in 2013. Unfortunately Matt Schaub had a disastrous season and they were unable to win many games. After a 2-0 start, they fell flat on their faces and lost 14 in a row to finish 2-14.
Houston probably isn’t far off from contending again, but the key piece they need is a quarterback. I think everyone says they would try to trade out of the No. 1 spot, but most of the time that’s not too realistic. And if the Texans don’t like any of the quarterbacks available at the top, they can always go Jadeveon Clowney to pair him with JJ Watt for what would be one of the best defensive lines of all time.