What did Texans learn at combine?

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel watches drills at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
February 23, 2014 9:36:32 PM PST
If day four of the NFL Combine proved anything, it proved NFL teams have way too much data to sort through. Along with the countless hours of film, and interviews of the prospects, franchises also break down field work.

With the Texans in the market for a quarterback, it will be interesting to see how much they will look at the individual workouts from Indianapolis to determine who is the right fit. We spoke with one NFL scout, who told me, it's still all about what the player did in games. The on the field workouts aren't the main factor on where a player gets drafted. It can either help your case, or bring you back a notch.

Texas A&M Quarterback, Johnny Manziel is easily the most scrutinized player in the draft, and Sunday was no different. Manziel was clocked at 4.68 for his forty yard dash. He had hoped to run closer to a 4.5. That's the NFL Combine in a nutshell, a quarter of an inch in height, or fractions of a second in a sprint, can make all the difference in the world.

Other quarterbacks raised some eyebrows as well, but it's for what they didn't do. Lousiville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater not only did not throw, he did not run the 40 yard dash. He initially said he would compete in that event.

Central Florida's Blake Bortles has emerged as the "teachers pet." On Friday he said he was there to compete, in every event. But the perception is Manziel and Bridgewater are still the elite quarterbacks in this draft, with Bortles not too far behind.

As for South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney, he is widely regarded as the top rated player in the draft, but that didn't translate into the bench press. Clowney only mustered 21 reps at 225 pounds on the bench. To put that into perspective, in 2006, Mario Williams put up 35 presses.

The Texans have a lot of data to sort through, but luckily there is time before the NFL Draft, which is on May 8th.

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