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Bill O'Brien explains how Texans would use Jadeveon Clowney if they draft him

The Houston Texans have kept their draft intentions quite close to the vest.

Their two biggest needs might be quarterback and defense (particularly with toughness and talent), so it's no shock that Jadeveon Clowney and the top quarterbacks have been the most widely projected picks in the Texans' No. 1 overall draft slot.

But head coach Bill O'Brien said something interesting recently at a team town hall meeting for Texans fans and suite holders that gives us a better idea of how Clowney might fit in with the team if — as O'Brien stresses — they take him.

“If we decide to draft this guy, we’re not just going to play him at one position,” O’Brien said, according to the team's official website. “We may start him off at one position but use him in a lot of different ways. He’s a unique talent but again, that’s if we draft him."

Clowney will have his pro day on Wednesday, and you can expect the Texans to be there. They have watched him closely throughout the draft process, and Texans owner Bob McNair — a South Carolina graduate — has spoken openly about his affinity for Clowney in the past.

The Texans run a base 3-4 defense but are likely to be in nickel, using a four-man front, more than half the time. That makes projecting Clowney a lot easier in their scheme. Imagine a front that featured Clowney, J.J Watt, Brian Cushing and others — it could be dominant, under the watchful eye of new coordinator Romeo Crennel.

O'Brien did, however, also talk about the strengths of Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel after his pro day, so the coach's comments can't be overstated. But they give us a better idea just how the talented defensive player would fit in their scheme.

The Texans still plan to draft a quarterback — and perhaps more than one, O'Brien said — after the signing of Ryan Fitzpatrick and the trade of Matt Schaub.

It just remains to be seen if a quarterback is taken first overall. 

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Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at edholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter!

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