ORLANDO, Fla. -- These comments from Texans coach Bill O'Brien raised some eyebrows today:
"I think the thing is, to me, there's not a lot of separation," O'Brien said on "NFL AM." "And there are more quarterbacks than just three. Obviously the three guys that everybody talks about -- Blake (Bortles), Teddy (Bridgewater) and Johnny [Manziel]. They’re good players. They’ve had great college careers. But there are other guys out there. You’ve got (AJ) McCarron. You’ve got (Zach) Mettenberger. You’ve got Logan Thomas. You’ve got (Tom) Savage. You’ve got (Jimmy) Garoppolo. I mean, I can go right down the list. To me, you’ve got 10 to 12 guys you’ve got to do a great job of evaluating and make the best pick possible wherever you pick these guys. So I just see a lot of good quarterbacks."
His response came to a question posed by Steve Wyche of NFL Network about whether one of the available quarterbacks is worth the No. 1 overall pick. It was a tough question to answer, O'Brien said.
It's good when it's easy. I checked in with a few people involved in the Colts' process for taking Andrew Luck and will get more into that later.
As for O'Brien's thoughts, that doesn't sound like a coach with his mind made up. Taking that a step further, if you don't see much separation between the best quarterback in this draft (whomever you think that is) and the fourth or fifth best, what's the harm in waiting until the second round?
The Texans have made it clear for some time that a rookie quarterback would be joining their fold. O'Brien reiterated that this morning, adding he wasn't sure exactly where in the draft the Texans would take that quarterback.
It's possible that once this evaluation is over, O'Brien and general manager Rick Smith will fall in love with one of the quarterbacks available in the draft. That's the only circumstance under which they should take one first overall. I've said it before and I'll keep right on: This is one position where certainty is imperative.