Mettenberger on Texans head coach O’Brien: ‘He’s a football genius’

Former LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger likely won’t be picked with the No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, but that isn’t stopping him from sending some praise towards Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien.

"Coach O’Brien is a great guy," Mettenberger told HoustonTexans.com. "He’s a football genius, and someone that I’d really like to work with. Every interaction I’ve had with him so far has been great."

Despite being considered more of a second or third-round pick, Mettenberger could still wind up with the Texans if the team opts to take former South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney at No. 1 or makes a trade. O’Brien did mention last month Houston will be selecting a quarterback, but failed to mention if it will be with the top pick or in a later round.

Mettenberger did increase his value after having an impressive showing at his pro day last week, just 13 weeks removed from ACL surgery. The quarterback even took a page out of Johnny Manziel’s pro day playbook by wearing full pads for the NFL officials in attendance, which did include O’Brien and other Texans officials.

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