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2014 NFL Draft: 5 Last-Minute Houston Texans Rumors to Know About

2014 NFL Draft: 5 Last-Minute Houston Texans Rumors to Know About

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The 2014 NFL Draft is just around the corner. The Houston Texans hold the ever-pivotal first-overall pick. Whether they will choose to use it and select someone, or use it as leverage and trade down, is anyone's guess. Here are five last-minute rumors you should know about the organization before commissioner Goodell takes the podium on Thursday night.

5. Concerns Surrounding Brian Cushing's Health

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5. Concerns Surrounding Brian Cushing's Health

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Though an unquestioned leader and contributor when healthy, team captain Brian Cushing has now suffered consecutive 2012 and 2013 season-ending injuries to his left knee. First tearing his ACL followed by a broken fibula and torn LCL, the organization's concerns with his durability moving forward as an impact player could affect the decisions they make on draft day.

4. Not Set on Jadeveon Clowney at No. 1

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4. Not Set on Jadeveon Clowney at No. 1

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Most scouts, analysts and so-called experts agree that Clowney is the most talented and naturally gifted athlete in the draft. But in recent weeks, Sports Illustrated's Peter King and ESPN's Adam Schefter have both reported that the Texans will be flexible in how they will use their pick, and have yet to enter any kind of contract negotiations with Clowney.

3. Khalil Mack is a Better Fit

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3. Khalil Mack is a Better Fit

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The Houston Texans already have a Pro Bowl-caliber DE on their roster in J.J. Watt. Furthermore, Clowney has almost no experience in pass coverage or playing the OLB position in a 3-4 defensive scheme. Khalil Mack has that, as well as great pass rushing skills. He also has the endorsement of NFL.com draft specialist Mike Mayock, who recently listed him at no. 1 on his list of top 100 players available in the 2014 NFL Draft.

2. Management Could Panic

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2. Management Could Panic

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Given that the Texans are still not set on one guy after months of research and analysis, this means they are probably open to a trade. But if the right offer does not come in, they will be forced to select a player they do not have 100 percent confidence in. They seem to be back and forth on names like Clowney, Mack and possibly even fan favourite and Texas native Johnny Manziel.

1. Bill O'Brien's Whims

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1. Bill O'Brien's Whims

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Bill O'Brien is an offensive-minded coach, coming from a QB coaching and OC background. Matt Schaub has departed for the Oakland Raiders, Ryan Fitzpatrick is not the answer, and Case Keenum is probably not either. O'Brien wants his franchise QB, so trading down in the first round could be an entirely possible scenario. That's unless he doesn't think reaching for a Manziel, Blake Bortles or Teddy Bridgewater at first overall is presumptuous.