NFL Draft Rumors: Houston Texans Coach Bill O'Brien Wants to Acquire Patrick Mahomes
Recent rumors have emerged that Texas Tech's Patrick Mahomes has attracted the interest of Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien with a little over a week to go before the 2017 NFL Draft. The Red Raiders junior is considered as one of the top quarterback prospects this year.
Even after advancing to the playoffs last season, the quarterback spot continues to be the Texans' weakest position at the moment. To make matters worse, last year's starter Brock Osweiler was traded to the Cleveland Browns last March for not performing up to the management's expectations after signing him to a four-year, $72 million deal.
Right now, the team only has two signal-callers, Tom Savage and Brandon Weeden, and both of them are not deemed as a long-term solution to Houston's quarterback woes. Thus, the Texans are expected to make the most of their 25th overall pick in the upcoming draft and focus on selecting a quality passer for the future.
However, it is highly unlikely that Mahomes will still be available at no. 25 as recent mock drafts have placed the 6-foot-2, 225-pound quarterback at no. 13 with the Arizona Cardinals. Some have even predicted that he will get drafted even higher so Houston needs nothing short of a miracle to be able to land their primary target in the coming draft.
NESN reported that Coach O'Brien has "his eye set" on Mahomes as he "loves" the Texas Tech player's arm strength. Mahomes is predicted to be one of the first two signal-callers to get drafted along with North Carolina's Mitchell Trubisky.
It presents a problem for O'Brien, who has been coaching the Texans since 2014. Unless the team trades up, perhaps into the top 10, then getting Mahomes would be a long shot. Aside from the Texans, the Cleveland Brown, San Francisco 49ers, and Chicago Bears, owners of the top three picks, are also rumored to be interested in drafting Mahomes.
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