Sunday was the day for defensive backs to take to the interview podiums here at the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. The safeties wound up together as a group, and I tried to ask as many as I could if they had met with the Texans.

One who enthusiastically responded affirmatively: Virginia’s Quin Blanding.

The 6-2, 215-pound Cavaliers standout quickly brought up that he played under Bill O’Brien and the Texans staff in Mobile for January’s Senior Bowl.

As he left podium No. 7 of the interview room, I asked Blanding how his experience with the team went. He was effusive in his praise of how much he learned and how the team “values smart players like me”.

Blanding was a four-year starter in Charlottesville and proudly wears a chip on his shoulder about how little national regard there is for the Virginia football program. He smiled when I told him to keep the chip, it will help him. “Yes sir, I will.”

He’s a strong fit for the Texans in the middle rounds, a versatile safety with decent size, range and an outstanding football IQ.