Houston Texans head coach, Bill O'Brien has confirmed that his team will draft a quarterback this year but he says who and when that quarterback is selected is still up for debate.
"I don't think there is any question that we'll draft a quarterback in the draft." O'Brien said in an interview with NFL Network. "Where we draft that quarterback? I don't think we know that yet. We're still in the process of studying all of these prospects, in the process of putting a grade on them, and trying to place to them where they would be in the draft."
O'Brien believes that there are up to 12 quarterbacks in the draft that show potential and he would not be afraid of drafting outside of the three highest-rated quarterbacks.
Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel and Blake Bortles have all been regarded as first round selections this year but O'Brien alluded to the fact that he may choose from the rest of the group when it's the Texans turn on the clock.
"Obviously the three guys that everybody talks about -- Blake (Bortles), Teddy (Bridgewater), and Johnny (Manziel) -- those guys are good players, they've had great college careers, but there are other guys out there... To me, you've got 10-12 guys you really got to do a great job of evaluating and make the best pick possible wherever you pick these guys."
The Texans have the first overall pick in the draft and whilst many analysts are convinced that Houston will select a quarterback with that pick, it appears that O'Brien is up for another route.
Should Houston fall in love with a lower-rated quarterback, it would enable them to pick a valuable offensive lineman or pass-rusher with the number one pick and address their need at quarterback in the second or third round.
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