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5 Players Houston Texans Should Target With First Pick of 2014 NFL Draft

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The 2013 NFL season was one to forget for the Houston Texans, as they went a 2-14, saw the career of Matt Schaub go down the drain, and generally were awful. Resulting from this was Bill O'Brien being brought in as the club's new head coach, and they received the first overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft to begin rebuilding. Keeping this top pick and rebuilding project in mind, I have identified the five players who the Texans should draft.

5. Anthony Barr

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5. Anthony Barr

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Former UCLA outside linebacker Anthony Barr is a long shot at the No. 1 slot, but he certainly wouldn't be a bad pick. Barr is a behemoth of a human being at 6-foot-5, 255 pounds, and he just ran a 4.45 40-Yard dash at his pro day, and picked up 10 sacks in 2013. Barr would be an automatic starter at the NFL level, and would end up making for being a surprise selection by becoming a perennial Pro-Bowl selection.

4. Jake Matthews

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4. Jake Matthews

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The Texans let up 42 sacks during the 2013 NFL season and ranked 20th in rushing yards per game, which both were a large result of a poor offensive line. Enter in Jake Matthews, who has great size at 6-foot-5, 304 pounds, and the quickness to battle against top defensive ends. Some will not like the thought of picking an offensive tackle with the first overall pick, but Matthews looks like a guy that would anchor the line for the next decade.

3. Blake Bortles

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3. Blake Bortles

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Many people expect the Texans to pick a quarterback, and Blake Bortles is certainly a good option with the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Bortles is huge physically, ran a solid 4.81 40-yard dash, and picked up impressive totals of 3,581 passing yards, 67.8 percent completion percentage, 25 touchdowns and nine interceptions for UCF in 2013. As the draft approaches Bortles continues to impress, and he retains a great shot of being the top pick.

2. Johnny Manziel

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2. Johnny Manziel

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Johnny Manziel doesn't have the pure physical strength or height that one would necessarily think of in a No. 1 overall pick at quarterback, but he simply knows how to play football. In 2012, he won the Heisman Trophy, and in 2013, racked up 4,114 passing yards, 37 touchdowns, 13 interceptions, 759 rushing yards and nine rushing touchdowns. Manziel has great speed, an electric arm, and would be a great selection with the No. 1 pick.

1. Jadeveon Clowney

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1. Jadeveon Clowney

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Despite rumors of having taken off multiple games during the 2013 college football season, Jadeveon Clowney is still a great option with the top pick. The 6-foot-6, 266 pound defensive end recently ran the 40-yard dash in 4.53 seconds, and has the pure physical strength to beat opposing offensive lineman. Questions may remain about his dedication, but the prospect of Clowney and J.J. Watts on opposite defensive ends may be too much to pass up.