5 Prospects the Houston Texans Must Target on Day 3 of the 2014 NFL Draft

By Daniel Schmelzer

Houston Texans' Late Round NFL Draft Targets

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After a putrid 2-14 season, the Houston Texans have the first pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. With the top pick of all seven rounds, the Texans should be able to land impact talent throughout the draft. New head coach Bill O'Brien will surely look to add players who will fit his system well. While a lot will depend on who is available and what the Texans do early, here are five players they need to target on the last day of the draft.

5. QB Tom Savage

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5. QB Tom Savage

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With such a huge need at the QB position, if they do not select one with the first overall pick, I imagine the Texans will look to add a QB in the early second round. That said, if they decide to wait, Tom Savage is a underrated QB prospect who I really like. He struggles with inconsistency at times, and he is a statue in the pocket, but Savage has a huge arm, nice accuracy and I think he could really flourish under a QB guru like O'Brien.

4. RB Isaiah Crowell

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4. RB Isaiah Crowell

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With Ben Tate moving on in free agency, and Arian Foster being very injury prone, Houston could stand to add at the RB position late in the draft. While there are certainly character concerns, Isaiah Crowell is a very talented RB prospect with big upside. Crowell is a tough and physical runner with impressive speed and athleticism. He is a risky prospect, but the risk is limited late in the draft, and Crowell can become a star.

3. LB Shayne Skov

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3. LB Shayne Skov

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The Texans could use some more depth all across their LB core. Shayne Skov is a very versatile player who could play many different positions in the Texans' defense, helping out that depth issue. Skov is a very physical player, great leader and steps up when his team needs him the most. He is not an elite athlete, but his athleticism is underrated. Skov would be a great pick for Houston with the first pick of the fourth round if he is available.

2. OL Wesley Johnson

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2. OL Wesley Johnson

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Like most position groups on their roster, the Texans' offensive line was terrible in 2013. Wesley Johnson is an athletic offensive lineman with experience who could probably step in and play admirably immediately. Johnson mostly played tackle in college, and I think he has the athleticism to play the position in the NFL. With the ability to play guard or tackle, Johnson would give the Texans some much needed versatility across the O-line.

1. NT Daniel McCullers

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1. NT Daniel McCullers

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Houston has a big hole at the front of their 3-4 defense, and at 6-foot-7, 352 pounds, Daniel McCullers could be the guy to fill it. McCullers is inexperienced and will not be much help in pass rush, but he is a massive man with big-time strength that plays very well against the run. With his ability to eat up blocks and stop ball carriers, McCullers would be the perfect player to plug up the middle in the Texans' defense.

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