By Bryce Welker on March 14, 2014
The Houston Texans were probably the most disappointing team in the NFL last year. After playoff runs in the two season prior to last year, the Texans not only missed the postseason, but they played so poorly that they locked up the first pick in this year's draft. There is no shortage of elite and intriguing prospects in this year's draft, so Houston can choose to go in several different directions.
There has been a lot of talk about defensive players like Jadeveon Clowney and Khalil Mack rising to the top of experts' draft boards, but I see no reason why Houston would go in any other direction than quarterback during round one. The consensus top three (Bridgewater, Blake Bortles, and Johnny Manziel) have polarized experts for the most part, but Bridgewater is the safest choice out of the quarterback class.
One of the Texans' inside linebackers, Joe Mays, already bolted for Kansas City this offseason. Brian Cushing is a stud when healthy, but unfortunately, he is coming off a nasty knee injury. Luckily for Houston, Shayne Skov is a tough, hard-nosed kid who could come in immediately and play next to Cushing in the middle.
With Ben Tate on the free agent market, the Texans need some insurance in case he decides to leave. Tre Mason put on a show in Auburn's close loss against Florida State in the BCS National Championship Game. It would be a joy to watch an Arian Foster-Tre Mason duo power its way down the field next season.
Houston's offensive line was not a major problem last year, but depth is almost always a good thing. Turner is a massive human being, and he uses every bit of his 6-foot-5 frame and 81-inch wingspan to put defensive linemen on their backs. Look for the Texans to take a flyer on the big man.
If Houston wants to boost their secondary with a late-round pick, look no further than LSU's star safety. Loston is a very smooth athlete, and has the ideal size that NFL scouts look for in a defensive back.
Davis will always be remembered for his touchdown return off of a missed field goal against Alabama last year, but he was a good player for the Tigers all season. Davis earned 2nd Team All-SEC honors and could be a nice depth asset for the Texans' secondary for years to come.
Saying that Lucas is big is a major understatement. At 6-foot-8, he is a mountain of a human being. That being said, Lucas would be a major project as he was very raw on the college level. Despite that downside, Houston should take a chance on him based on his incredible size alone.
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