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Houston Texans News: March 26, 2014

Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Wednesday, March 26, 2014.

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Houston Texans News

Texans own 11 picks in 2014 NFL Draft
After being awarded a trio of compensatory picks, the Texans have 11 picks in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Houston Texans not saying if they'll take quarterback with No. 1 pick -
Houston Texans not saying if they'll take quarterback with No. 1 pick.

Texans coach Bill O'Brien open to Johnny Manziel, Jadeveon Clowney -
Bill O'Brien and the Houston Texans are keeping "all options open" for the No. 1 overall pick. That includes Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and South Carolina pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney, who were defended by O'Brien on Tuesday.

O’Brien says Watt will fit in well with Texans’ new defense
Defensive end J.J. Watt is considered the best defensive player in the NFL.

Texans looking for a QB with Tom Brady-like qualities
Bill O’Brien will admit the Texans are going to draft a quarterback, but he won’t say when.

Bill O’Brien on Johnny Manziel: ‘I enjoy watching him play’
Texans coach Bill O’Brien is pumped about Johnny Manziel’s pro day on Thursday.

Belichick has high praise for Texans’ O’Brien
At the AFC coaches breakfast this morning, Texans coach Bill O’Brien sat at a table addressing reporters. New England coach Bill Belichick, who brought O’Brien into the NFL, was at a table nearby.

Texans to give Fitzpatrick, Keenum and Yates chance to compete for starting QB job
After trading Matt Schaub to Oakland last week and signing free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick, the Texans still have three veteran quarterbacks on their roster.

O'Brien: Foster ready for spring; RB philosophy | CSN Houston
A little over a week ago, Texans running back Arian Foster tweeted that he had been medically cleared.

O'Brien talks about playing young QBs | CSN Houston
Bill O'Brien is at the annual NFL meetings in Florida this week.

Bill O'Brien: Johnny Manziel's style is sustainable in the NFL - ESPN
If watching Johnny Manziel play quarterback excites you, you're in good company.

Houston Texans GM Rick Smith: Matt Schaub trade was about fresh start - ESPN
With a new head coach handling the roster he's building, Texans general manager Rick Smith wanted to offer something of a fresh start.

Around the League

NFL annual meetings: Safeties, linemen, draft talk & more from Tuesday's AFC coaches breakfast -
Head coaches from the American Football Conference bonded with reporters over runny eggs on Tuesday morning, sharing a few details about their plans for 2014 in the process.

Bills owner Ralph Wilson dies -
The longtime owner of the Buffalo Bills passed away on Tuesday, the team's CEO said at the NFL annual meetings.

32 terrible reasons not to draft anyone in the 2014 NFL Draft -
Here is some awful NFL Draft advice, thanks in part to a trusted network of anonymous scouts.

NFL approves rule changes for roll-up blocks, replay -
The NFL Competition Committee elected not to add a proposal that would have moved the line of scrimmage for extra points to the 25-yard line.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

TCB Mailbag, 2014 edition: On Michael Wacha and scouting changeups - The Crawfish Boxes
Talking about Michael Wacha's development and what it says about the Astros.

Kelvin Sampson serious candidate for University of Houston basketball job, reports say - The Dream Shake
Yahoo! Sports is reporting that Kelvin Sampson has emerged as a favorite for the Cougars head coaching gig.

Charlie Strong provides updates from Texas spring practice - Burnt Orange Nation
Find out which young players are standing out and more after the Texas Longhorns head coach met with the media on Tuesday evening.

Possible Red Raiders: A Weekly Recruiting Update - 3/25/14 - Viva The Matadors
What went on the recruiting over the past week? Also a look at James Proche, Caleb Potter and Kris Boyd

Tuesday DBR: Oso Sweet 16 - Our Daily Bears
Both Men's and Women's Basketball teams have advanced to the Sweet 16!

Out with A Whimper: A&M Falls in CBI Quarterfinal - Good Bull Hunting
Monday's loss to Illinois State says a lot about the state of A&M's basketball program.

#TTTQ Tweet of the Night

Last night's question from @battleredblog was - What is the farthest you would want to see the #Texans trade down in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft? #TTTQ

No tweet today; leave your answer in the comments.