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More evidence the Texans want to draft a quarterback this year

Wild Card Round - Kansas City Chiefs v Houston Texans

HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 09: Head coach Bill O’Brien of the Houston Texans talks with owner Bob McNair during the AFC Wild Card Playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs at NRG Stadium on January 9, 2016 in Houston, Texas. Kansas City Chiefs won 30-0. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

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Texans owner Bob McNair has made it clear he wanted to upgrade his quarterback position this year, and it appears he has a specific method in mind.

In a story about the potential landing spots for Eagles free agent Sam Bradford by Tim McManus of, it doesn’t sound like the Texans want in on the top pick from the 2010 draft, but a newer model.

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle said that owner McNair’s made it clear which route he wants to take in order to upgrade from Brian Hoyer and the rest of the revolving cast which failed to prevent them from making the playoffs.

“They want to draft [a quarterback] in the first round. They’re tired of using retreads,” McClain said. “They played five this year, started four. Last year they played four and started three. So they need a quarterback, and they want one that they can develop.

“Nobody is saying anything publicly except Bob McNair. Three times he’s talked about, ‘We need a quarterback. We need to draft a quarterback.’ . . . They have not ruled out anybody but I don’t think they’re going to be signing or trading for a veteran unless they determine the quarterbacks that they would have a shot at [in the draft] are going to be too pricey to get.”

That’s where the Texans are almost trapped by their own success. They pick 22nd, and it would take a significant package to move into the top five or 10 to get one there. But with a playoff-caliber defense and perhaps the game’s best young wide receiver, they might be motivated to make a move now.