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Grading the Houston Texans’ 2014 Draft Picks

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Grading the Houston Texans' 2014 Draft Picks

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The Houston Texans needed to add talent in the 2014 NFL Draft, and they did just that. The Texans had one of the best drafts in the league, and going into 2014, this is a team with quite a bit of young talent. With that said, here is how the Houston Texans' draft class graded out.

Round 1: Jadeveon Clowney, A+

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Round 1: Jadeveon Clowney, A+

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Instead of reaching for a quarterback with the draft’s top selection, the Houston Texans took the best player on the board in Jadeveon Clowney, and that was a wise decision. Clowney is a pass-rushing monster, and will thrive across from J.J. Watt,

Round 2; Xavier Su’a-Filo, B

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Round 2; Xavier Su’a-Filo, B

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Although I would've liked to see the Texans take a quarterback here, the choice to go with Xavier Su’a-Filo was a good one. He will solidify the Texans’ interior line for many years to come.

Round 3: C.J. Fiedorowicz, C

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Round 3: C.J. Fiedorowicz, C

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Of the Texans’ picks in this draft, C.J. Fiedorowicz was probably my least favorite. While I think Fiedorowicz will provide solid blocking, I think the third round was too high for him.

Round 3: Louis Nix III, A+

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Round 3: Louis Nix III, A+

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I absolutely love the team’s pick of Louis Nix III later in the third round. Nix was a legitimate first-rounder in my book, and I think with him, Watt and Clowney, the Texans have one of the league’s best defensive lines.

Round 4: Tom Savage, B+

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Round 4: Tom Savage, B+

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If he can prove to be the franchise quarterback the Texans need, this grade could improve dramatically. I think Savage has NFL-caliber talent, but he must improve his decision-making and technique if he ever hopes to succeed.

Round 6: Jeoffrey Pagan, B

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Round 6: Jeoffrey Pagan, B

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Consistency is the key for Jeoffrey Pagan going into the NFL. Pagan has all the natural talent in the world; he just needs to become more consistent and continue refining his technique.

Round 6: Alfred Blue, A-

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Round 6: Alfred Blue, A-

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Majorly overlooked throughout the draft process, Alfred Blue is entering a great situation with the Texans. Arian Foster is already on the roster, so there is no pressure on Blue to produce right away, that said, I believe Blue gives the Texans a solid change-of-pace player, with the potential to become more.

Round 6: Jay Prosch, C+

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Round 6: Jay Prosch, C+

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If he weren't a fullback, chances are this grade would be a little higher for Jay Prosch. That said, he can provide some playmaking ability in the right situation, and this is a good landing spot for him.

Round 7: Andre Hal, B

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Round 7: Andre Hal, B

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Although he will never be a true outside corner, Andre Hal’s skills project rather well as a slot corner at the next level. There’s no doubt his game needs some refining, but he could be a solid player two or three years down the line.

Round 7: Lonnie Ballentine, B+

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Round 7: Lonnie Ballentine, B+

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The 2014 NFL Draft’s Mr. Irrelevant, Lonnie Ballentine comes to the Texans facing quite the battle for playing time. However, I think he could surprise a lot of people. I think that Ballentine could not only make the roster in Houston, but there’s a chance he can fairly productive in whatever role he earns.

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