HOUSTON -- Vince Young isn't daunted by recent speculation
that the Houston Texans will use the No. 1 pick in the draft on USC
running back Reggie Bush.
The former Texas quarterback said Friday he still thinks his
hometown team is open to drafting him.
"That's why I believe that I came here today," Young said.
"You never know what is going on. A lot of people say Reggie is
going to be here, but you never know."
Young worked out for Texans officials, toured the facilities and
met with coaches and some players Friday. Bush met with the Texans
New coach Gary Kubiak and owner Bob McNair were among more than
100 NFL scouts, coaches and executives who also watched Young work
out in Austin last month.
Young said Friday's workout consisted mostly of him throwing to
a bevy of different receivers.
"Coach Kub [Kubiak] had some rapid fire, trying to keep me
moving around, trying to see whether I'd get tired and things like
that," he said. "I'm glad I've been continuing working out and
staying in shape and throwing the ball."
Young also has visits to Miami, Minnesota, Cleveland and another
visit to Tennessee, the owner of the third pick, in upcoming days.
Agent Major Adams said his client hasn't been worn down by all
of his visits and recent travel.
"He knows the nature of the business, and he believes that
teams want to know who he is," Adams said.
Young's draft stock skyrocketed after his performance in the
Rose Bowl, where he accounted for 467 yards in a 41-38 win over USC
for the national championship. Young announced four days later he
was skipping his senior season to turn pro, and many Texans fans
began clamoring for Houston to choose Young.
The Texans extended quarterback David Carr's contract for three
years in February, making the possibility of Houston drafting Young
look less likely.
Young would love to play for the Texans, but said that if they
don't choose him it will simply motivate him to succeed wherever he
"I will always love my hometown, and I will always have respect
for my team," Young said. "But if it doesn't work out I'll still
love my hometown, but when I come home, I'm going to play.
"Just like I said when we were getting ready for the Rose Bowl.
I lost the Heisman [Trophy] and I told those guys that we were
going to come out there and play and give it all we've got."
Young brushed off the notion that playing in Houston would be
too much pressure for him.
"Yes, Texas is home, and I handled that," he said. "I was
kind of in the spotlight in high school as well. Yes, I'll be able
to handle it. We're going to have fun, but when it's time for Vince
Young to handle his business ... I take it very serious."
Although many coaches and scouts have given him glowing reports,
Young has had to contend with reports of a poor score on the
Wonderlic test and questions about his quirky throwing motion.
"That is motivation for me,'' he said. "When it's my time to
come out and show Vince then you will get the truth. But if you
keep going off what somebody else says, I don't believe in that."