By Bryan Zarpentine @BZarp on April 18, 2014
With 11 total picks in the 2014 NFL Draft, including the No. 1 overall pick, this is an important draft for the Houston Texans. All signs point to the Texans taking Jadeveon Clowney with the top pick and many are already well acquainted with the top quarterbacks available. But here are five more players that Houston fans need to know heading into the draft.
The Texans will draft one South Carolina player when they take Jadeveon Clowney first overall, but when they're looking for a cornerback in the middle rounds, look for them to take Hampton and add another former Gamecock to their defense.
Richardson's stock has plummeted in recent months, but at some point he's going to be too talented for teams to pass up. Houston needs help on the offensive line, and after Day 2 ends with Richardson still available, the Texans will take him with the first pick of Round 4 and hope that he's able to live up to his potential.
The Texans lost Owen Daniels in free agency, so Houston will be looking for to pick up a tight end in this draft. Fiedorowicz will be a good replacement and a good value pick in the middle rounds.
The Texans need help at middle linebacker, and Skov is a perfect fit for them. He has good size for the position as well as great intelligence and instincts. He's a player the Texans want, and he could become an important part of Houston's defense moving forward.
By taking Jadeveon Clowney first overall, the Texans aren't going to get one of the top 3 quarterbacks in this year's draft, but at the top of Round 2 look for them take Garoppolo. He doesn't have elite skills, but he has enough to be a starter in the NFL, especially with a head coach like Bill O'Brien who works well with quarterbacks. Fans in Houston should get to know Garoppolo, as he could end up being their quarterback for the next 10 years.
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