By Chris Ross @DraftScout_NFL on April 22, 2014
In the 2013 season, everything fell apart for the Houston Texans. They went from Super Bowl contenders to a 2-14 disaster. Due to the debacle that was last season, the Texans hold the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. However, if the Texans really want to return to greatness, they must be sure to nail this entire draft class, not just the first overall selection. With that in mind, here is a Houston Texans' seven-round mock draft.
Quarterback is the Houston Texans' biggest need. As much as I would love to pretend that the team should go with Jadeveon Clowney with the first overall pick, the fact is the Texans simply can’t afford to pass up on a quarterback. Blake Bortles isn’t the most pro-ready QB in this class, but he might have the most impressive physical tools and most potential in this class.
With their new franchise quarterback in tow, the focus for the Texans now turns toward solidifying the offensive line. Morgan Moses has NFL size and strength; the trick will be getting the footwork and technique cleaned up.
Brian Cushing is solid at one of the inside linebacker spots for the Texans, but the other ILB spot is a question mark. Enter Shayne Skov, an instinctive inside linebacker with experience in the 3-4 defense, and he would give the Texans one of the league’s better inside linebacker tandems.
Despite not quite living up to expectations while at Alabama, Adrian Hubbard remains an extremely talented prospect. The Texans have a need at the outside linebacker position, and Hubbard could be the man to fill it.
Garrett Graham is a solid-enough player for the Texans, but his production fell off a bit in the 2013. Arthur Lynch probably won’t wow you with his athletic ability, but he’s the type of reliable target that quarterbacks love.
Jerrell Powe isn’t quite starter material in the NFL, and for that reason, the Texans pick up George Uko here. Uko, despite not putting up huge numbers, has huge potential and could be quite the force a few years down the line.
The most explosive playmaker in the entire 2014 NFL Draft class, De’Anthony Thomas could be just what the Texans’ offense needs. Thomas, while not an every-down back, has the type of playmaking potential that makes defensive coordinators lose sleep. That type of ability could help the Texans out in a great way.
The weakest link of the Texans' secondary is the safety position. And while Marqueston Huff certainly isn’t going to help that situation much as a rookie, he has potential and could eventually be an average starter.
J.J. Watt is an absolute force on one side of the Texans’ defensive line, but the other defensive end spot is lacking in truly top-notch talent. Aaron Lynch has the type of potential that scouts drool over; it’s just a matter of getting him motivated enough to use his talents.
Keshawn Martin and DeVier Posey haven’t quite lived up to expectations since being drafted, and as a result, the Texans’ hunt for a slot receiver continues. That said, Austin Franklin has the potential to be the guy the Texans need. Franklin has all the skills needed to be productive in the slot, and he would help give the Texans a more complete offense.
Jonathan Joseph and Kareem Jackson are one of the better cornerback tandems in the league, but the depth behind those two isn’t quite up to par. Bennett Jackson of Notre Dame isn’t ever going to be a starter in the NFL, but if you need depth, there are worse options out there.
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