HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – The NFL draft gets underway from Philadelphia on Thursday evening and the Texans currently have the 25th selection in the opening round. The Texans have a variety of needs but after missing out on Tony Romo due to retirement and with only two unproven signal callers on their roster, the Texans will be giving serious consideration to adding a quarterback in the first round for the first time since they selected David Carr with their first ever selection in 2002.
Former Texas Tech quarterback Pat Mahomes, who is likely to be one of the top three quarterbacks selected, met with the Texans last week in Houston as one of their 30 prospect visits and there have been reports that head coach Bill O’Brien has been enamored with the signal caller.
There seems to be some mutual interest between Mahomes and the Texans after that visit. Mahomes visited with Sirius XM NFL Radio on Tuesday and said, “I’m open to playing anywhere, but the chance to play for a Texas pro team would be awesome.”
With the Cowboys set at their starting spot with Dak Prescott, that leaves the Texans as the “Texas pro team” it would be “awesome” playing for.
Mahomes also seemed to enjoy his meeting with O’Brien as he told NFL.com “I feel like a lot of coaches like me, but especially coach O’Brien. I think my personality and how real I am, those are things beyond what I can do on the field that he likes,” Mahomes said. “It seemed like the way I was answering questions, I think he knew that I knew what was going on. You can tell when coaches have a confidence in you.”
In Mahomes final season with the Red Raiders, he threw for 5,052 yards with 41 touchdowns and just 10 interceptions.
Alex Del Barrio covers the Houston Texans for Sportsradio610.com and is the color commentator for the Houston Dynamo. He also hosts “ADB and Murph” with Matt Murphy which can be heard on Saturday afternoons 4-7 pm Follow Alex Del Barrio on Twitter: @alexdelbarrio