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Houston Texans 7-Round Mock Draft: Post-Combine Edition

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Houston Texans 7-Round Mock Draft: Post-Combine Edition

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The Houston Texans were a Super Bowl contender when the 2013 NFL season started. When the 2013 season was over, they had the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft. Now Houston must figure out what went wrong and how to fix it. They must find out if they are a rebuilding team or if 2013 was just a fluke.

Now that the Combine is in the rear view mirror, Houston can look forward to the NFL Draft in May. Personally, I do not believe the Texans are as far away as some might think. If the Texans fill a few of their holes with a good draft choice, they can be a contender again in 2014.

What positions should Houston be looking at for the draft? Let’s start with the obvious—the QB position. Matt Schaub performed very poorly which led to him being benched and Case Keenum taking over. Keenum had some nice moments, but I am not sure he showed enough for the Texans to have full confidence in him being the starter.

If Houston decides they need a QB, the next step is to decide which QB to take. It is rumored that they have shown interest in Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater and Blake Bortles. They must decide if they want to use the No. 1 overall pick on any of these three.

The Texans could decide to find a QB in free agency which would allow them to go the non-QB route with their No.1 pick. If they do that, the obvious choice would be to select Jadeveon Clowney, the DE who wowed everyone at the Combine with his ridiculous time in the 40-yard dash. I believe Clowney is the surest thing in the upcoming draft.

However, having a good draft is not just about hitting on your first-round pick. You need solid picks in the middle and late rounds as well. With that said, here is my seven-round mock draft for the Houston Texans.

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First Round: Teddy Bridgewater, QB

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Houston loves Teddy Bridgewater because of his typical NFL size. However, I’m not as sold on him. While he may have a solid NFL career, I believe Manziel and Clowney will be special.

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Second Round: Morgan Moses, OL

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Morgan Moses is a 6-foot-6, 314-pound OT out of Virginia. Scouts believe he can start right away in the NFL. They compare him to Ryan Clady of the Denver Broncos. I believe Houston would love the idea of having him come in to help protect Bridgewater, their franchise QB.

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Third Round: Jeremy Hill, RB

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With Houston likely losing RB Ben Tate in free agency, I believe Jeremy Hill would be a nice pick here. The RB out of LSU is a powerful back and would be a great backup for Arian Foster.

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Fourth Round: Terrence Brooks, S

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Terrence Brooks is a nice sleeper-pick here. The safety out of Florida State was voted first-team all-ACC defense by the coaches. He has great range in the secondary and is willing to come up and play physical against the run.

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Fifth Round: Will Clarke, DE

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The Texans have a good defensive line, but when you are in the same division as Andrew Luck, it never hurts to add another pass rusher. That is what I believe Houston will do by adding DE Will Clarke.

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Sixth Round: Jalen Saunders, WR

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The Texans have a pair of talented WRs but I still see them taking Jalen Saunders here. Saunders is undersized at 5-foot-9, but with his speed, he could be a matchup nightmare out of the slot position.

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Seventh Round: Walt Aikens, CB

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Just as you cannot have enough DL, the same holds true for CBs. This is why I believe Houston takes Walt Aikens here. Aikens played for Liberty College, which is a small school, but I believe he has the size and speed to succeed in the NFL.