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Bill O’Brien: Texans will draft a QB, we don’t know which round

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The Houston Texans will select a quarterback in the 2014 NFL draft. But not necessarily with the first overall pick.

Texans coach Bill O’Brien told NFL Network that he is sure the team will select a quarterback at some point, but the team has a lot of evaluation left to do before deciding whether to do it in the first round.

“I don’t think there’s any question that we’ll draft a quarterback in the draft,” O’Brien said. “Where we draft that quarterback, I don’t think we know yet. We don’t even know that yet. We’re still in the process of studying all these prospects, in the process of putting a grade on them and place them where they would be in the draft. The big thing is it’s such a long process. We’re in the stage now where we go to the Pro Days and eventually we bring them into our facility for an interview, we call it an on-campus interview in Houston. As we get closer and closer we’ll obviously be able to make a decision.”

O’Brien hinted that Central Florida’s Blake Bortles, Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater and Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel aren’t necessarily the quarterbacks he’s watching.

“There’s not a lot of separation, and there are more quarterbacks than just three. Obviously, the three guys that everybody talks about, Blake, Teddy and Johnny, those guys are good players. Thy had great college careers. But there are other guys out there,” O’Brien said.

O’Brien mentioned Alabama’s A.J. McCarron, LSU’s Zach Mettenberger, Virginia Tech’s Logan Thomas, Pittsburgh’s Tom Savage and Eastern Illinois’s Jimmy Garoppolo.

“You’ve got McCarron, you’ve got Mettenberger, you’ve got Logan Thomas, you’ve got Savage, you’ve got Garoppolo. I mean, I could go right down the list. To me, you’ve got 10 or 12 guys you’ve got to do a great job of evaluating and make the best pick possible where ever you draft these guys. I see a lot of good quarterbacks,” O’Brien said.

O’Brien plans to coach one of those good quarterbacks. We’re about six weeks away from knowing which one.

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42 Responses to “Bill O’Brien: Texans will draft a QB, we don’t know which round”
  1. tvjules says: Mar 24, 2014 9:19 AM

    Bortles – Round One.
    Bank on it.

  2. tommyribs says: Mar 24, 2014 9:23 AM

    How great would it be if the Drafted Clowney #1, and then Picked Derrick Carr in Round 2?

    That actually is a smart move.

    Clowney is probably the best player in the draft (Khalil Mack would be a good Choice too), and a guy like Derrick Carr would have a good opportunity, and he would be a second round pick, so he would not have the expectations his brother had.

    It would be pretty neat if that is what ended up happening.

    And BTW – I really do think that Clowney will be a terrific Pro. His whole issue at SC was he saw what happened to Lattimore, and he did not want to risk getting hurt for free.

    Once he gets paid, he will be all Business, which is what you want. A Front Seven that has him, Watt and Cushing will be very formidable.

    I would get him or Mack, and secure a QB in Round 2.

    Carr, Mettenberger, Aaron Murray, Garrapolo will be good Prospects.

    Mettenberger and Murray I have watched a lot of, and I like both of them.

  3. raiders4lyfe17 says: Mar 24, 2014 9:24 AM

    I will get a job someday I don’t know what age

  4. sopadegato says: Mar 24, 2014 9:24 AM

    Why go for a QB in the first round when you can pick Clowney, ensure you’re going 2-14 again, and get the #1 pick next year?

  5. csbanter says: Mar 24, 2014 9:27 AM

    Texans will draft Bortles only to find out he’s not a franchise guy, they will pass on Clowney and all the I told u so’s will begin.

  6. ttommytom says: Mar 24, 2014 9:29 AM

    Why are you stating what he said and then quoting him? Odd…

  7. damcmp says: Mar 24, 2014 9:32 AM

    that Jerry Jones clone BOOB MCNair has his gsights set on pairing Clowney with Watt…. two clowns to soak up double teams in Crennels defense.

    I’m glad tommyribs knows so much we can now all stop worrying

  8. nflinsider711 says: Mar 24, 2014 9:38 AM

    How great would it be if the Drafted Clowney #1, and then Picked Derrick Carr in Round 2?

    After what Big Brother David Carr did, you honestly think another Carr will drive in Houston again???

  9. southpaw2k says: Mar 24, 2014 9:39 AM

    *choking on the smokescreen*

  10. buddysguys says: Mar 24, 2014 9:43 AM

    i dont see any of the QBs worthy of the #1 overall pick, but if you find a guy you like take him.

  11. renhoekk2 says: Mar 24, 2014 9:48 AM

    To have seen what Bill O’Brien did with Matt McGloin at PSU was remarkable. The difference in his play in just one year with O’Brien was amazing. He should get half of McGloin’s paycheck, because he go him an NFL job. There is no way McGloin ever starts an NFL game if O’Brien does not show up in State College. He also did a great job with a true freshman last season. If I’m a Texan’s fan I’m stoked to see what he can do with a more talented QB. Trust me, he doesn’t need to take a guy at #1 to have a capable NFL starting QB that they can win with.

  12. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 24, 2014 9:49 AM

    Hmm he didn’t mention Derek Carr, or any of the other QBs that are in this draft that he also didn’t mention. So is it safe to say he’s not going to take a QB in the late rounds? I would guess so since he might not even know who those people are.

  13. htowntexansred says: Mar 24, 2014 9:55 AM

    I’ve mention Logan Thomas before. His guy have great skills, tall 6’6, very mobile and have a strong arm. He just didn’t have the offense and numbers like the other top QBs. I’ll take Thomas in the 2nd round.

  14. mortyglickstein says: Mar 24, 2014 9:58 AM

    He really is saying” If any team wants to trade for our pick, please call us!”

  15. 6ball says: Mar 24, 2014 10:03 AM

    .
    How many of these QB’s are NFL ready. Will they be expected to start on day one, or be given time to develop like Tom Brady or Aaron Rogers?

    .

  16. ronketonk says: Mar 24, 2014 10:04 AM

    Bortles is “THE” guy in this draft. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Manziel slip into round 2. Clowney will slip too. He’s not the no-brainer ev

    O’Brien is taking Bortles. Easy decision.

  17. 8to80texansblog says: Mar 24, 2014 10:18 AM

    damcmp says:
    Mar 24, 2014 9:32 AM

    that Jerry Jones clone BOOB MCNair has his gsights set on pairing Clowney with Watt…. two clowns to soak up double teams in Crennels defense.

    I’m glad tommyribs knows so much we can now all stop worrying
    _______________________________

    Did you jut really compare Bob McNair to Jerry Jones…..?

    Is that a joke?

    Then you make it sound like 4 guys blocking 2 would be a bad thing… in any defense…. you give a high school DC that situation and he’ll find a way to get 6 sacks a game…

  18. harrisonhits2 says: Mar 24, 2014 10:24 AM

    The last couple times I saw the Texans in a game their Oline was porous and lousy. If they don’t fix that it doesn’t matter who the QB is.

  19. ravenswhat says: Mar 24, 2014 10:36 AM

    This number 1 pick will either turn this franchise around or set it back another 5 years IMO. There are some really dangerous QB prospects early on. Pick Clowney with 1 and get a QB in rd 2. You have a capable vet you can stop gap until next year when you have the much better crop of QB prospects.

  20. purpleguy says: Mar 24, 2014 10:51 AM

    Draft a QB named Carr to get beat up by a porous O-line — where have I seen that before?

  21. chad504boy says: Mar 24, 2014 10:51 AM

    O’Brien could see a lot of Tom Brady in a guy like McCarron

  22. qdog112 says: Mar 24, 2014 10:56 AM

    What … not Tajh Boyd? His body of work surpasses everyone on the list. Why is he constantly overlooked?

    I’m sure someone has a series of answers.

  23. rlgall says: Mar 24, 2014 11:04 AM

    Very few QB’s do well with bad O-line, example Eli, Ben, and look what happen to the other Manning when O-line broke down. Fix your line first and the rest will come. Can’t be afraid of getting killed all the time and play great.

  24. qdog112 says: Mar 24, 2014 11:07 AM

    ronketonk says:
    Mar 24, 2014 10:04 AM
    Bortles is “THE” guy in this draft. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Manziel slip into round 2. Clowney will slip too. He’s not the no-brainer ev

    O’Brien is taking Bortles. Easy decision.
    ********************
    Bortles ceiling is Tannehill and his floor is Blaine Gabbert. That makes the decision easy to draft someone else.

  25. htown1035 says: Mar 24, 2014 11:08 AM

    ravenswhat says:
    Mar 24, 2014 10:36 AM
    This number 1 pick will either turn this franchise around or set it back another 5 years IMO. There are some really dangerous QB prospects early on. Pick Clowney with 1 and get a QB in rd 2. You have a capable vet you can stop gap until next year when you have the much better crop of QB prospects.

    ———————————————-
    So if it will either turn the franchise around or set it back another 5 years, then why take one in the later rounds that has a better chance to do the latter? You take one with the first pick, and take your chances.

  26. mwcarolina says: Mar 24, 2014 11:12 AM

    if the Texans pick Clowney in round 1 and then Thomas in round 2, that wouldnt suck. i am one (of few) who like Thomas and think he can be great. i also like Mettenberger. both of those QBs would be great, but if they took Bortles or Manziel, i think they wont hate the move. Houston has talent around their QB, so if they are decent enough QBs, they should be fine….as for Clowney, the only worry (if they draft him) will be can he play 3-4 linebacker. that’s one reason why many have Mack going there.

  27. htown1035 says: Mar 24, 2014 11:12 AM

    Where is everybody getting this idea that their O-line was bad? It certainly wasn’t great, but according to PFF they were about middle of the pack last season. Their biggest issues are LG and RT, and both of those will be addressed. Plus, Brown had an average year and is adding the weight he lost, so he’ll be improved as well.

    They may not be the best line in the NFL, but they certainly aren’t awful. The bad QB play made it look like that more often than not – Keenum wouldn’t get rid of the ball quick enough and Schaub panics under pressure anyways.

  28. elifootball says: Mar 24, 2014 11:19 AM

    In my opinion as a true fan from back when. David Carr was a good QB the Texans back then didn’t have the line to protect him.

  29. packerfan12 says: Mar 24, 2014 11:22 AM

    Nowadays it is a quarterback EVERYTHING league. If they think Bortles is their guy, you should take him with the #1 pick, simply because that’s how important the quarterback position.

    That being said, I am a huge Khalil Mack fan, and would probably end up taking him or Clowney, (probably Mack), because they are very good pass rushers, and have tons of potential. Plus their skill at their respected positions are much higher than Bortles.

    The reason I think that they can pass on Bortles is because there are multiple good quarterbacks that may be there. I don’t think they go Derek Carr (the first one didn’t work out so well), but I really like Garoppolo, and Mettenberger is pretty good in his own right. If those guys are gone A.J McCarron isn’t the worst 3rd rounder in the world.

    A summary of this jumbled mess of a comment: if Bortles is their guy they should take him, if he’s not they should take a more talented player at a different position and go with a 2nd round and still talented quarterback.

  30. rlgall says: Mar 24, 2014 11:30 AM

    So Shaub has several great years and he all of a sudden is crap. Not buying that, you say their biggest issue is LG and RT, well that’s close to half their line. In Football if 2 of your 5 OL stink then your line isn’t very good.

  31. htown1035 says: Mar 24, 2014 11:33 AM

    rlgall says:
    Mar 24, 2014 11:30 AM
    So Shaub has several great years and he all of a sudden is crap. Not buying that, you say their biggest issue is LG and RT, well that’s close to half their line. In Football if 2 of your 5 OL stink then your line isn’t very good.

    ——————————————-
    If the other two OL are Pro Bowlers every year and the third is rock solid, then your line is at least average to above average -even if 2 of the 5 are poor.

    Schaub’s years were very good, not great. His numbers were gaudy. But starting with the Patriots game 2 years ago, he has played very poorly, so yeah he’s all of a sudden become crap.

  32. renhoekk2 says: Mar 24, 2014 11:47 AM

    My money is on the Savage kid from Pitt in the 3rd or 4th round. That may seem high for him but I wouldn’t take the chance of waiting if he is their guy. He seems like the perfect O’Brien QB candidate. Has all of the physical tools. Just needs to be coached a little. I’m just not sure how much say O’Brien has in the Texans chain of command. Of course Carr or Garappolo in the 2nd rd works too. And they can always pull a Shanahan and draft two QB’s to hedge their bets. Especially if they trade down and acquire extra picks. They could easily trade down twice in the first rd and still get their guy.

  33. unclemoobaa1911 says: Mar 24, 2014 11:54 AM

    I wonder if O’Brien tried to work McGloin into the Matt Schaub trade?

  34. randomcommenter says: Mar 24, 2014 12:10 PM

    O’Brien will have more info on Bortles than anybody. He coached against him last year at Penn State so he studied him and saw what he can do live.

    Also, O’Brien’s main coaching mentor is George O’Leary who was Bortles coach at UCF. I’m sure O’Leary would give O’Brien better info than he’d give any other coach.

    My guess is he drafts Clowney or trades back, then takes Garapolo in round 2.

  35. chiadam says: Mar 24, 2014 12:14 PM

    If anyone knows how to evaluate things, surely it must be the guy that didn’t realize what a mess Penn State was before taking the job.

  36. granadafan says: Mar 24, 2014 12:21 PM

    Nice smokescreen and spin job by the Texans. “Uh, we’re looking at every single QB in this draft and aren’t going to give you media hacks or other NFL teams any hint at what we’re doing.”

  37. scfan36 says: Mar 24, 2014 12:24 PM

    Every time I see someone mention Logan Thomas or Tajh Boyd, I can’t help but laugh. Mettenberger in the second is clearly the pick in my eyes as he has both the room and the ability to grow into an nfl caliber quarterback. I would challenge anyone that paid attention to Thomas’s or Boyd’s career to name an area that either qb significantly improved in during their 4 year tenures at their respective schools. Accuracy and decision making were flawed from the beginning and never corrected. Tajh certainly benefitted from the offensive scheme he was in but when the going got tough and the game was put on his shoulders he constantly melted under pressure. Thomas was just plain bad.

  38. ronketonk says: Mar 24, 2014 12:48 PM

    qdog112 says:
    Mar 24, 2014 11:07 AM

    ronketonk says:
    Mar 24, 2014 10:04 AM
    Bortles is “THE” guy in this draft. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Manziel slip into round 2. Clowney will slip too. He’s not the no-brainer ev

    O’Brien is taking Bortles. Easy decision.
    ********************
    Bortles ceiling is Tannehill and his floor is Blaine Gabbert. That makes the decision easy to draft someone else.

    ************************

    Thanks for your expert advice on his ceiling and floor.

    With that logic, I wonder what Big Ben’s ceiling was coming out of Miami? I’d certainly have to bet Tom Brady’s ceiling was fairly non-existent as a 6th rounder and one-time 4th string qb.

    With the rate of qb failures every year, it’s always a crap shoot. My personal bet is on Bortles. Big, confident, calm in the pocket, mobile, throws an catchable ball, high character, performs in big moments.

    Doesn’t have to… wear a glove to be able to throw, run from the pocket to make a play, etc.

    He may need a little time (as any quarterback does) but Bortles is the best “bet” in my book.

    Then its Carr and Garropolo (in my opinion)

  39. jgedgar70 says: Mar 24, 2014 1:34 PM

    Off the record, O’Brien tells friends that he will announce the team’s #1 selection on Spacebook and Tweeter 1 hour before draft time.

  40. sidelineshot says: Mar 24, 2014 1:36 PM

    A.J. McCarron is the “Tom Brady” of this draft.

    Get the best player with the first pick, then grab McCarron with the 1st selection in the 2nd round.

  41. randomcommenter says: Mar 24, 2014 4:28 PM

    McCarron is the Brady Quinn of this draft.

    He got to stand back untouched behind a great Alabama OL and throw to wide open WRs while he had all day to throw.

    Oklahoma pressured him and he looked like a deer in the headlights.

    The possible Tom Brady of this class is Tom Savage of Pitt.

  42. dualprime says: Mar 25, 2014 12:14 PM

    I suspect they will take Clowney #1 and grab Mccarron or Mettenberger in a later round. There just isn’t a sure-fire #1 overall QB, especially Manziel. Fitzpatrick could start in the meantime.

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