O'Brien talks about top QB prospects

O'Brien talks about top QB prospects
January 14, 2014, 2:00 pm
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Shooting the Bull: Look back at Texans' 2013

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On Monday, Texans owner Bob McNair raved about the ability of South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.

So maybe the Texans will use their top pick on him (even though it's a bad idea). But if they don't, there's a good chance they'll go after a quarterback with that top pick.

On Monday morning, new Texans coach Bill O'Brien joined Nick Wright and John Lopez on 610 in Houston. O'Brien was asked about three of the top quarterback prospects.

Here's what he said about each, in the order he was asked about them:

UCF quarterback Blake Bortles: “I was able to see Blake Bortles up close because we played Central Florida at Penn State and they beat us. He was a smart player, an accurate passer, a guy that could do a lot of different things. You could tell he was really a student of the game. He’s a good football player.”

Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater: “I haven’t watched Teddy Bridgewater much at all. I've been in the process of evaluating our team here but I have seen him on TV. Again, an exciting player, a guy that did a great job for Louisville and a guy I can tell is a good football player.”

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel: "Again, the same thing with Teddy, I haven't watched a lot of Johnny other than on TV. I've watched his games on TV at times, maybe two or three games over the years that he's played. Obviously a very exciting player. A guy that's a playmaker, a guy that does a lot of great things on the field.”

Earlier in the interview, O'Brien mentioned his offense has had many different types of quarterbacks. He also said it's important to tailor the offense to the players on the team.

O'Brien is still evaluating the 2013 Texans but said he's looking forward to watching the potential draft picks during his draft preparation.

A couple of the quarterbacks in this year's class (especially Manziel) aren't big guys. O'Brien was asked specifically about height and weight of quarterbacks.

"I think there are so many different things that go into it other than height, weight," he said. "I think some of those things are important, like maybe the hand size, the height, the weight, maybe some of those things are factors at times. But I think what else is important for a quarterback is, is he a winner? Is he a guy who's a leader for his team? Is he a good locker room guy? Is he gonna be a great guy in the community? Is he a guy who's gonna study the game morning, noon and night? Is he going to be obsessed with the game? I think those are things that are very important for a quarterback."