Houston Texans: NFL Combine Provides New Targets for 2014 NFL Draft

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Houston Texans: NFL Combine Provides New Targets for 2014 NFL Draft

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The Texans were the most disappointing team in the NFL a season ago due to injury and inconsistent play. However, that could turn out to be a blessing in disguise going into 2014. This team is full of talent and now has the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. Anyone they want to make a member of their team, they can. Several players at several different positions fit into what they need on both sides of the ball, so it's going to be a hard decision.

Quarterback is the position that everyone is focused on with the Texans. When Matt Schaub showed he might be done as a starter in the league and Case Keenum didn't perform well enough, it was clear that the team was going to have to bring in a quarterback. For that reason, it's very possible that the Texans take a signal caller with the first pick in the draft.

Due to the talent at the position in this year's draft, the defensive line is another area that Houston could go in this draft. Even if it's not in the first round, adding defensive line help to go along with Pro Bowler J.J. Watt is a must this season. Whether they add someone on the interior of the defensive line or not remains to be seen, but for the sake of depth, they need to add a couple defensive lineman via the draft or free agency.

To protect who may be their new signal caller, the Texans are also going to have to add bodies to the offensive line. With a lot of talent on the offensive line in this season's draft, Houston might be better served waiting until the middle rounds to draft an offensive lineman. Everything in the draft hinges on who the Texans take first. After that, it's up to them to get back to form in 2014.

Jacob Kornhauser is a writer for RantSports.com. "Like" him on Facebook, follow him on Twitter or add him to your Google+ network.

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QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M (Round 1)

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Manziel is who the Texans will take if they want the flashiest player on the board. It's also who they'll take if they want the most dynamic play maker available. The combination of arm strength and speed on Manziel is uncanny and he will no doubt make things happen in the NFL. What kind of player they want under center is what will decide whether or not Johnny Football is the first overall pick in April.

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QB Blake Bortles, UCF (Round 1)

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Bortles projects as a better pocket passer in the NFL than Manziel does, even if he's not as big of a playmaker. He has great size and his vision of the field is extremely solid. As he continues to improve, he could prove to be a very good starter in the NFL quickly.

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DE Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina (Round 1)

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If the Texans decide they want to have one of the best defensive lines in the league, they'll take Clowney. Drafting him would give them Clowney and Watt as their two defensive ends, which would be an unreal front. This would only be possible if the team feels comfortable going forward with one of their current quarterbacks, which is a big if. With his off-the-charts athleticism and speed, Clowney might prove too good to pass up.

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OLB Trevor Reilly, Utah (Round 2)

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Adding an outside linebacker is another area of need for Houston and Reilly fits the mold of what they're looking for. He will provide some speed on the outside and provide support on run defense. He may not ever develop into a superstar, but there's a good chance he could become a solid contributor for several years.

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OT Seantrel Henderson, Miami FL (Round 5)

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A potential sleeper pick, Henderson's size could play well at the next level. He still has a lot to work on with his hand and footwork and that's why he's a projected fifth or sixth round pick. However, with his size and strength, some coaching staff would love the opportunity to work with him on his footwork to make him a solid player on the offensive line.


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