2014 NFL Draft: Houston Texans’ 5 Dark Horse First-Round Targets

2014 NFL Draft: Houston Texans' 5 Dark Horse First-Round Targets

Bill O'Brien
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The Houston Texans hold the 2014 NFL Draft's No. 1 overall pick, but nobody knows exactly who the team is going to select with that pick. Will it be Jadeveon Clowney? Or maybe someone like Blake Bortles? Or even another player? The fact is, nobody knows who the Texans are going to select first overall, and that leaves us with these five dark horse candidates.

5. Greg Robinson

Greg Robinson
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5. Greg Robinson

Greg Robinson
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There's no doubt that the Houston Texans' offensive line needs some major work. After a disastrous 2013 season, the Texans would be wise to address the offensive tackle position in the draft. Greg Robinson is an ultra-athletic player and has more potential than either of the tackles taken at the top of the 2013 draft.

4. Jake Matthews

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4. Jake Matthews

Jake Matthews
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Let's pretend that the Texans aren't totally sold on the idea of taking an athletic but raw tackle like Greg Robinson with the top overall pick. Luckily for them, Jake Matthews fills their needs every bit as well as Robinson. Matthews is the most polished tackle prospect in this draft and could start for the next 10 years.

3. Teddy Bridgewater

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3. Teddy Bridgewater

Teddy Bridgewater
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Just two months ago, Teddy Bridgewater was being discussed as the obvious No. 1 overall selection. However, as the draft process has gone on, Bridgewater's stock is reportedly falling off. That said, Bill O'Brien knows what makes a good quarterback, and Bridgewater possesses everything you want in a young quarterback.

2. Aaron Donald

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2. Aaron Donald

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I'll be honest; of the players on this list, Aaron Donald is the least likely to go No. 1 overall. However, that doesn't mean that the Texans couldn't swing a trade to move down to select the disruptive lineman out of Pittsburgh. Donald is an explosive pass-rusher, and the thought of a defensive line with both Donald and J.J. Watt is a scary idea.

1. Khalil Mack

Khalil Mack
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1. Khalil Mack

Khalil Mack
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Perhaps the most well-rounded player in the entire draft, Khalil Mack is an absolute beast. Although he doesn't quite possess the physical gifts of Jadeveon Clowney, Mack is still an amazing pass-rusher and has a motor that just never stops. There's no doubt in my mind that of the players on this list, Mack is the one most deserving of the No. 1 overall selection.


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