Most Texans fans were ready for the team to replace Schaub after the playoff loss at New England last season. After the collapse against Seattle, the wooden rails are starting to crack and the bolts are about to give on the bench Schaub bandwagon due to overcrowding. I've said before and will say again that the Texans long term answer at quarterback is not currently on the roster. The fans frustration when they call for the team to start Yates or Keenum is understandable, but neither player is capable of leading the Texans deep into the playoffs.
Regardless of Schaub's performance the rest of this season or what the Texans record ends up being, they have to start planning for the future at the position. Waiting too long and then having to bring in a new quarterback to start right away would be damaging to the team. Despite recent results, rookie quarterbacks usually don't step in and perform at a high level right away, so they need to draft a quarterback this year so that player has time to develop before he'll be depended on. Even if Schaub plays well, he'll be 33 when the next season starts so they can't delay looking for their future quarterback any longer.
Unless they make a move for an impact, first-half of the first-round quarterback (which would likely require them to trade up), that player will need to sit behind Schaub for a year or possibly two. For the right quarterback, I would like to see them trade up instead of waiting for one to fall to them later in the draft. Outside of offensive line help, their starting roster is pretty well set so why not sacrifice a couple mid round picks or a future first to get your future quarterback? If they do decide to go that route, what will it take to get up that far in the draft?
Using this draft pick trading value chart, a prospect ranking from CBS, and a projected draft order; here is what it would take to trade up for the four quarterbacks projected (very early mind you) to go in the first half of the first round. In this scenario the Texans would be trading up from 23rd overall, though with the current trend, they could be picking several spots sooner.
Teddy Bridgewater - Louisville
Projected Draft Spot: 1st round, 1st overall
Cost For Texans To Move Up: 1st round picks in 2014/2015/2016, 2nd round picks in 2014/2015, and a 3rd in 2014.
Not worth it. The Texans will likely lose several players like Antonio Smith, Danieal Manning, and Owen Daniels over the next several years, plus a replacement at right tackle is needed, so they'll need picks to acquire those players.
Brett Hundley - UCLA
Projected Draft Spot: 1st round, 5th overall
Cost For Texans To Move Up: 1st round picks in 2014/2015, 2014 3rd round pick, 2014 5th round pick
I'm not sure Hundley is the guy, but if they believe he or another quarterback can be their future signal caller, I'd be willing to pay the price for this spot. After flipping picks this year, it'd only cost you one additional first, a third and a fifth according to the draft value chart. A fifth round pick is usually no more than depth so really we're just talking about giving up a first and third for your future quarterback; well worth it.
Marcus Mariota - Oregon
Projected Draft Spot: 1st round, 7th overall
Cost For Texans To Move Up: 1st round picks in 2014/2015 OR a 1st round pick in 2014 plus 2nd round pick in 2014/2015, 2014 4th round pick
Same as the last option, after flipping firsts you're really only talking about giving up an additional 1 or 2 meaningful picks; well worth it. Mariota is a risk considering the offense he plays in, but his athleticism intrigues me. The Texans have gotten by with a slow quarterback for years, but adding a running threat at the position would be huge. Having a quarterback that can both take the ball on the naked bootleg and pick up a first down with his legs, and also cause the back side defender to hold his lane and not crash down on stretch run plays opening up a bigger hole for the running back, would be big for this offense.
Tajh Boyd - Clemson
Projected Draft Spot: 1st round, 9th overall
Cost For Texans To Move Up: Picks in rounds 1-5 in 2014 OR 2014 1st round pick plus 2nd round picks in 2014/2015.
Once you flipped first round picks, you'd be left with only giving up two second round picks to acquire your quarterback for the next ten years. They gave up two second round picks to trade for Schaub, so why not give up the same to get his replacement?