HOUSTON (FOX 26) -
With the NFL Draft less than a week away Houston Texans owner Bob McNair said it is far too early to predict who his franchise will take in the first round because of the options he and his organization expect to have.
"It's a very exciting time," McNair said in an interview with FOX 26 Sports. "I'm really looking forward to it. I was just at the NFL meeting. I'm chairman of the finance committee, and just as I was opening the meeting three or four of them (owners) said 'okay Bob, Who are you going to pick?'
"We all laughed and I said 'I wish I knew.' "
The Texans own the top-overall pick and McNair echoed the the thoughts of executive vice president and general manager Rick Smith, who said on Thursday the team will entertain offers to trade its No. 1 pick and move down.
"Really at this point we don't know and we really won't know until right up at the time we have to make a decision because people are talking to us about the possibility of trading down and it's a question of what people offer, whether their offer is such that it's worthwhile to trade down," McNair said.
"If that were the case our pick would be something different."
McNair and his Texans owned the first-overall pick in 2002 and 2006.
"You don't have many opportunities to pick the best player in the draft, pick the player that will help your team the most," McNair said. "So you just want to make sure that you make a good decision because it has a lasting impact.
"You have to be very careful about what you're doing and make sure you thoroughly study the situation and come up with the decision that makes the most sense for your team. We do that and we operate really through a consensus on this sort of thing. It's not one person that just decides I want to get so and so."
Led by Smith the Texans continue to focus on every player that could be an option at No. 1 or later.
"We're trying to foretell the future, basically," McNair said. "What will we look like? How will we play with this player or that player or the other player? It's a speculation on the part of our people and everyone else because no one can guarantee anything and know for sure what the results are going to be.
"You got three quarterbacks and all of them have some holes in their resume," McNair said. "A quarterback that goes out and performs for you and is a franchise quarterback is more valuable than a player playing another position, but there's a lot more risk there. It's a more difficult position to play and there are lot more failures."
While Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortles and Teddy Bridgewater get most of the attention at quarterback, there are others at that position that are a part of the Texans' due diligence.
"You drop down and there's another group close behind, not exactly where they are, and maybe one of those quarterbacks will become better than one of these other three," McNair said. No one knows.
"There are no slam dunks. There are no Andrew Lucks out there, no Peyton Mannings. If there were it would be an easy decision, but that's not the case."
McNair personally met with a number of the players the Texans brought to Houston on visits including Manziel and Bridgewater and defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.
"You take a guy like Clowney," McNair said. "He's obviously the best player in the draft, but he's a defensive end. He's not a quarterback. If he's a quarterback and the best player it's easy, but that's not the case. So can that defensive player have a greater impact on the success of your team than one of these quarterbacks? It's not a sure thing that he is."
Because of all of that, the Texans may find that trading down and acquiring more draft picks is the prudent thing to do.
"If somebody wants you to drop down and they give you two or three more picks that would let you get two or three more quality players, are you a stronger team dropping down a little bit, getting these additional picks and getting more depth?" McNair said.
He also said, like in the past, the Texans will do what is in the best interests of the organization.
"We did that in '06 when public opinion was that we should pick (Reggie) Bush," McNair said. "We said then that we're going to do what's in the best interest of the team and ultimately public opinion will recognize that if we're correct.
'In '06 it was easier because you had a top defensive player (Mario Williams) versus a running back and an outstanding running back is not as valuable as an outstanding quarterback.
"That was I think an easier decision for us and I think we made the right decision. I think it proved out. I think that's an indication of how we go about doing our business."
McNair wants Texans Nation to know his organization will get it right in 2014.
"I think that we're going to greatly strengthen our team as a result of the draft," McNair said. "We've got 11 picks now in the draft and it's a deep draft. So we're going to get some good players regardless as to what we do.
"If we trade down and pick up two or three more players, we'd have 13 or 14 (draft picks). So you're going to see some significant strengthening of our team as a result of this draft.
"We've got a good core group of veteran players that are outstanding. We've got some holes to fill and we've got ample opportunity to fill those holes."