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January 4, 2014

O'Brien takes over as Texans coach

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Houston has the top overall draft pick and could use it on a one of a trio of talented signal-callers who could be available. Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater, 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M and Fresno State’s Derek Carr, younger brother of Houston’s first-ever draft pick, David Carr, are the top-rated quarterbacks expected to be in the draft.

“If we wound up with a young quarterback, we’d probably bring in a veteran so we don’t have to depend on that rookie,” McNair said. “That’s tough putting a rookie in there and expecting them to be able play right off the bat. There’ve been a couple of them that have done it but a number of them didn’t do so well. I think having that veteran presence is important.”

Houston has had the first pick in the draft two other times, choosing Carr in 2002 and defensive end Mario Williams in 2006.

“The defensive player worked out better than the offensive player,” McNair said with a laugh. “But that won’t lock us into anything. There’s always a possibility. (General manager) Rick (Smith) and the coaches will trade around. Maybe we’ll trade down and still get a quarterback that can do the job and get an outstanding defensive player.”

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