McClain was more emphatic about his point Friday.
That assessment flies in the face of the first wave of mock drafts, as NFL Media analysts Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks each have the Texans taking the South Carolina defensive end. Pairing Clowney with J.J. Watt to create one of the most ferocious pass rushes in the league would seem to make more sense than trying to parse the top three quarterback prospects.
Teddy Bridgewater of Louisville is the most polished pocket passer, Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M the most exciting player, and Blake Bortles of UCF the most physically gifted of the three. None, however, appears to be in the same can't miss category as Andrew Luck was in 2012.
Instead, a stopgap acquisition through free agency -- Josh McCown jumps to mind -- and drafting a developmental quarterback such as Eastern Illinois' Jimmy Garoppolo to go with Clowney might make more sense to O'Brien.
If the Texans do decide to take a quarterback with the top pick, it might not be clear who gets the nod until just before the draft begins on May 8.