NFL Draft Review: Houston Texans

Welcome to my 2014 NFL Draft breakdown.

I love the Draft, it comes around my birthday, ESPN puts baseball back where it belongs, in segment 3, and it means the NFL year has started.

So lets go down the NFL Rosters and see how it went for each team.

Round 1 Pick 1Clowney Draft

Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

What I said: I like Clowney, but I wonder about the scheme he’s going to play in, and they have to get a QB.

What I think now: About the same. I still don’t think he was the best pick for the Texans, But again, there is no way he was getting past the Texans unless they got a good deal. He’s going to start day one, and be very, very good. I’ts possible they move around from 3-4 to 4-3 if injuries hit again. I’ll give an over/under at 7.5 sacks

Round 2 Pick 33

Xavier Su’a-Filo, G, UCLA 

I don’t think he has the size to play tackle, (6-3, 300) and I think he makes his money as a pulling guard until he gets a bit better at not getting pushed off balance. He’s 23, so I don’t know what his ceiling is. I don’t think he starts game 1, but I think he starts after the bye week (unless someone gets hurt).

Round 3 Pick 65

C. J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Iowa

SOLID blocker, but has trouble getting open. I don’t see him being a star, but one of those guys that does better, the better the QB. He’s 6’6 and 260, so he’s a solid target. Don’t expect to see a route tree, if he has to change directions more than twice, he’s done. Let him run ahead, slam into someone, catch the ball, and then go down after 8-12 yards. He will drop passes and that might be why he was a third round talent.

Round 3 Pick 83Louis Nix

Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame 

HOMER ALERT. He could easily be a first round pick, if not for two things, 1) He gets hurt often and 2) He’s got to watch his weight. Dude can be a monster. If he’s 100%, he’s a beast and a steal at the third round. Has a quick first step and a good first gear. He’s not going to chase down anyone at the sideline, but can wreck havoc in a confined space.

Round 4 Pick 135

Tom Savage, QB, Pittsburgh 

From Rutgers, to Arizona, to Pitt. He’s got a STRONG arm, like burn your fingers power. The problem is: there isn’t a lot of touch on them, especially on dump-off throws. I saw him play a few times and I was impressed on how he slid around in the pocket, but he’s not a threat to run. I can see him sticking around, and if under the right coach, I can see him being a starter.

Round 6 Pick 177

Jeoffrey Pagan, DE, Alabama 

He’s a run stuffer . . .only. He’s better off in a 4-3 where he can move inside. I think he’s a rotation guy at best, and doesn’t really have a second move or second step.

Round 6 Pick 181

Alfred Blue, RB, LSU 

As I have said before, the Wife is a Mega-LSU fan, and my memories of this guy are marginal at best. Almost all of his big yards were versus scrub teams. I don’t see much from him, but he’s got speed and can catch.

Round 6 Pick 211Texans Cheerleader

Jay Prosch, FB, Auburn 

He’s a real tough blocker that could have a long career if fullbacks were meant to be around in the NFL. The way he blocks (10 years ago), could have made him a 3rd round pick. I don’t look for much running from him, but he’s going to see the field a lot in the preseason, then vanish for the first half of games.

Round 7 Pick 216

Andre Hal, CB, Vanderbilt 

Fast, can tackle, and is a smart player. I think he can stick on the roster, and might be in the rotation after the bye week,

Round 7 Pick 256

Lonnie Ballentine, FS, Memphis

Mr. Irrelevant, I do love your attitude. He has racked up a ton of tackles, but isn’t really good at getting turnovers. He could be really interesting on special teams.

Trades

83 – From Pittsburgh to Cleveland to Philadelphia

Philadelphia traded this selection to Houston in exchange for Houston’s fourth (101)- and fifth-round (141)

181 –  From Oakland for Matt Schaub

 

Free Agent Signingshtn-texans-authentic


Jason Ankrah (LB–Nebraska)
Chris Boswell (K–Rice)
Austin Brown (DT–Miami (Ohio))

Max Bullough (LB–Michigan State)
Chris Coyle (TE–Arizona State)
Anthony Denham (TE–Utah)
Tyrone Ezell (DT–Pittsburgh)
Matt Feiler (OT–Bloomsburg)
Kevin Forsch (OG–Houston)
Sullivan Grosz (DT–Cal Poly State)
Travis Labhart (WR–Texas A&M)
Terrance Lloyd (LB–Baylor)
Chris Martin (OT–Central Florida)
Chris McAlister (LB–Baylor)
Anthony McClung (WR–Cincinnati)

Leon Minto (DT–Johnson C. Smith)
Marcus Williams (CB–North Dakota State)
Bryan Witzmann (OT–South Dakota State)
Chris Young (LB–Arizona State)

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