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Blake Bortles in Houston for meeting with Texans


Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles has long been connected as a possibly fit for the Houston Texans with the No.1 overall pick in the NFL Draft.

The Texans need a quarterback. Bortles is a quarterback. It kind of makes sense, right?

After meeting with the Oakland Raiders on Monday, Bortles arrived in Houston Tuesday night for a meeting with the Texans on Wednesday.

Bortles met with Texans’ brass at the combine and general manager Rick Smith and head coach Bill O’Brien were both on hand for Bortles’ pro day workout as well.

They’ve been great,” Bortles said from the William P. Hobby Airport in Houston, via James Palmer of “He’s a great guy and a great coach. I’m just excited to get here, meet everybody and sit down and talk with everybody again. So I’m really looking forward to it.”

Bortles, Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel and Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater are the three likely selections the Texans have to choose between if they want to take a quarterback with their top selection in the draft. Houston also has scheduled a pre-draft visit with Manziel set for next week.

The Texans know they are taking a quarterback at some point in the draft. If it will be at No. 1, Bortles and Manziel seem to have become the two options Houston is focusing on the most.

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24 Responses to “Blake Bortles in Houston for meeting with Texans”
  1. dontbugmeonsundays says: Apr 16, 2014 12:38 AM

    “The Houston Texans will forever regret not taking Johnny Manziel with the first overall pick”.

  2. waxthat says: Apr 16, 2014 12:44 AM

    Bortles ia garbage. Take Manziel.

  3. iceburgskin202 says: Apr 16, 2014 12:54 AM

    They’re not taking a QB in the first round they’ll take clowned and one of the second tier QBs like the three other Ms in the SEC.

  4. iceburgskin202 says: Apr 16, 2014 12:57 AM


  5. knew8411 says: Apr 16, 2014 1:22 AM

    Please take Manziel….that way I dont have to worry about my team taking him.

  6. rextraordinaire says: Apr 16, 2014 1:34 AM

    “Blake Bortles in Houston for Obvious Reasons”

  7. bennyb82 says: Apr 16, 2014 1:38 AM

    This is just smoke and mirrors so that Clowney will still be available…wait a second…

  8. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Apr 16, 2014 2:02 AM

    Rick Smith loves to smoke screen. If you follow The Texans any year around draft time you can see it. There’s always rumors of trades and any 4 different players. I mean all teams do it but he loves it. Definitely more active than most teams.

    That being said, unless they to trade down.. It’s Clowney all the way.

  9. lostsok says: Apr 16, 2014 2:14 AM

    If Houston takes Bortles and he’s not better than average, or worse–a complete bust…and Manziel goes to another team and blows up: the Texans will never hear the end of it. It will cripple that team.

    If Houston really believes Bortles is the best QB in this draft…they should take Clowney.

  10. stewart09 says: Apr 16, 2014 4:22 AM

    texans dont do it at 1! do everything you can to think your taking clowney so someone might trade up for him if you dont ask for to much then easily take him 3-9 (you wouldn’t want to trade down any further if you want to 100% get bortles)

  11. jammer88 says: Apr 16, 2014 5:56 AM

    At 6’2″ and 230lbs, this guy’s a stud and the real deal. Houston should draft this guy #1 and not even give the smurf, menziel the time of day.

  12. bucsmightbegood says: Apr 16, 2014 8:09 AM

    Hopefully the trio of QBs are drafted before the Buccaneers pick at seven.

    The first draft in the last five years without Mark Dominick bungling things up.

  13. kayakattack says: Apr 16, 2014 8:14 AM

    they are taking Clowney, don’t get the other kids hopes up.

  14. vikingdoode says: Apr 16, 2014 8:22 AM

    Bortels may be a safer pick as far as what your going to get…Manziel has the IT factor rolling can the coach roll with IT or go with the the qb he can control…..

  15. ducknichols50 says: Apr 16, 2014 8:43 AM

    draft clowney, mack, or watkins

  16. sterling7 says: Apr 16, 2014 8:45 AM

    King of a smokescreen, and with the first pick of the 2014 NFL/College draft the Houston Texans select……………………..Jadaveon Clowney-I only wish I could place a bet on it!……………..I don’t have any money:-)

  17. deflateddome says: Apr 16, 2014 9:12 AM

    Bortels may be a safer pick as far as what your going to get…Manziel has the IT factor rolling can the coach roll with IT or go with the the qb he can control

    What does control do with it. If you mean playing within the system, looking for second and third reads without bailing and running? If this is what teams want then Bortles is their guy. Manziel will drive OCs crazy

  18. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Apr 16, 2014 9:17 AM

    If Bortles is picked at the very top of the draft, headlines could read, “Bortles Chortles at Top Selection.”

    Start hammering the downvotes, kids — because that was awful. Really reeeeeeeally really awful.

  19. jwaggen says: Apr 16, 2014 9:45 AM

    So Bortles, Manziel, Bridgewater would dominate over Case Keenum? I don’t think so. Put any one of them in Keenum’s place last year, with no running game, 5 all-pro’s injured and using the Texans pathetic game plans and see how they would have done.

    Take Clowney and forget the QB until the second round.

  20. scoops1 says: Apr 16, 2014 10:06 AM

    did Bortles’s girl go to the meeting too???

  21. sterling7 says: Apr 16, 2014 10:28 AM

    Bortles isn’t just a “safer pick, Manziel cannot pass from the pocket. I love college football but only a fool would take Johnny Manziel in the first round especially the top 10. I bet Manziel goes to Cleveland with Cleveland’s second first round draft choice People who think he’ll go in the top 10 really don’t know much about football, it’s like voting without doing your own homework and just relying on what everyone else says. There will be a lot of first round surprise draft choices and quarterbacks dropping that you would not expect. Draft rooms are guarding their choices like playing a game of poker.

  22. clintblairjr says: Apr 16, 2014 11:13 AM

    Just do not pick a QB who wears number 8 that being said do not for the love of GOD pick Zach Mettenberger who wears #8 and is Matt Schaub 2.0 bc he has a stronger arm, lets not forget he also is injury prone already making him even less mobile than he was before.

  23. clintblairjr says: Apr 16, 2014 11:17 AM

    The toughest QB in the Draft this year is Casey Pachall but dude has red flags everywhere and has a striking resemblance to Bain in the Dark Knight. I think however he is the most talented QB flying under the radar.

  24. clintblairjr says: Apr 16, 2014 11:44 AM

    We can just draft D, Oline, and then get Bredon Kay the most accurate QB in the draft who should also be the Steal of the draft

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