Bob McNair: Texans looking to draft to find quarterback

Houston Texans owner Bob McNair isn't tipping a hand about which quarterback is piquing the club's interest for the 2016 NFL Draft, but he's got no illusions about the club's need for one, and is making no secret of its interest in one, either.


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"There are a number of quarterbacks out there, college quarterbacks coming out and I think we have a good chance at getting one of them," McNair told the Houston Chronicle. "There are four or five of them who look like they have enough talent and size and athletic ability. I don't know any reason why we wouldn't be able to do it."

Spoken like a man who had to endure every minute of Brian Hoyer's four-interception debacle a month ago in Houston's 30-0 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in the wild-card round of the AFC playoffs. The Texans hold the No. 22 overall pick in the first round of the draft. The club also picks No. 52 overall in the second round, No. 85 in Round 3, and at No. 116 in Round 4.

So, to which quarterbacks might McNair have been referring? NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock believes four quarterbacks have the potential to be a first-round pick: North Dakota State's Carson Wentz, Cal's Jared Goff, Memphis' Paxton Lynch and Michigan State's Connor Cook. NFL Media mock drafts suggest the Texans would have to trade up in the draft to acquire either Wentz or Goff.

But if the No. 22 pick is too rich for the Texans at the quarterback position, the intrigue won't disappear. Later rounds could provide coach Bill O'Brien to reunite with Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg, whom he coached when Hackenberg was a PSU freshman in 2013. NFL Media analyst Chad Reuter projected the Texans to take North Carolina State QB Jacoby Brissett in the second round.

There is no shortage of options for Houston, but the shortage of reliable NFL quarterbacks could compel the club to make a choice sooner rather than later.

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