Bill O’Brien says Houston Texans will draft a QB … but when?


It was a secret that really wasn’t a secret, but on the NFL Network Monday morning, Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien said they will draft.

In an article post by, it quotes O’Brien as saying:

"“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.”"

It makes a lot of sense to draft a QB in the draft, whether it be with the No. 1 overall pick or in another round, but the Texans need another QB on their roster, as Ryan Fitzpatrick, Case Keenum and T.J. Yates aren’t getting or haven’t got the job done.

Fitzpatrick is an insurance policy of sorts for the Texans, and I don’t expect Yates to be on the roster next season.

That leaves Keenum as the wild card of the QBs.

Dec 1, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Case Keenum (7) throws as he scrambles in the second quarter against the New England Patriots at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

I’m not sold on Keenum, and the Texans must not be, either. Keenum played well in spurts on a bad Texans team last season and was great in college, but this is the NFL, and winning takes top priority. Keenum was winless as the Texans starter.

Sure, he came close, but the fact is the team didn’t win a single game with him as the QB, and I’m sure that fact isn’t lost on the Texans’ front office and new coaching staff. It wasn’t all Keenum’s fault as he was thrown into game action in a hurry, but the NFL is about winning, and the Texans did very little of that in ’13.

Keenum needs to still be on the roster of the Texans, but I’m not sure he is the long term answer for them at QB. I like Keenum, and he did give the Texans a spark on offense at times, but that spark, mixed with all that went wrong with the team this past season, equaled zero wins and fizzled out quickly.

Keenum could be groomed into a good NFL QB possibly, but do O’Brien and the Texans have that long to wait, or is there someone else in the draft they could try to groom at a greater pace?

That QB could be Blake Bortles, Teddy Bridgewater or maybe another QB in the second or third rounds. No, I didn’t forget about Johnny Manziel … I just excluded him off my list.

So we know the Texans will draft a QB, but we just know know who or when. Who would you select and why?

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