Sep 14, 2013; University Park, PA, USA; Central Florida Knights quarterback Blake Bortles (5) walks off the field following the completion of the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium. Central Florida defeated Penn State 34-31. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O'Haren - USA Today Sports

NFL Draft rumors: Texans HC Bill O'Brien favors Blake Bortles

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The Houston Texans are expected to target a quarterback with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, so they will need to decide which of the top quarterback prospects they prefer at the top of the draft

Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M and Central Florida’s Blake Bortles are among the top three signal-callers in the draft, but it looks like Texans head coach Bill O’Brien is leaning towards the Central Florida standout.

NFL Draft insider Tony Pauline has been saying that O’Brien is expected to favor Bortles because he is a better fit for the offensive style that the team wants to install. However, O’Brien may have to convince his owner that Bortles is the correct pick for the team.

“”Bortles is also a Bill O’Brien type of passer and Houston is a franchise in desperate need of a signal caller. The owner would prefer Johnny Manziel,” Pauline wrote.

If the Texans end up leaving the decision in O’Brien’s hands, there could also be a dark horse for the Texans.

“Still early but source beleves if its up to Bill O’Brien expect Blake Bortles/UCF at 1st pick or Zach Mettenberger/LSU at the top of rnd 2,” Pauline added.

Bortles went into State College and took down Bill O’Brien’s Penn State squad earlier this year, so the Texans head coach is certainly familiar with the UCF signal-caller. But will he get his wish and end up with Bortles leading the Texans in 2014? We will have to wait and see.

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