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.

24 responses to “Blake Bortles in Houston for meeting with Texans

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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)

  4. 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.

  5. 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…..

  6. 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:-)

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

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