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Predicting the Impact of Every Houston Texans 2014 NFL Draft Pick

Predicting the Impact of Every Houston Texans 2014 NFL Draft Pick

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The Houston Texans had the no. 1 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft and they used it to select a potential game-changing defender in Jadeveon Clowney. However, as special as Clowney may be, the Texans seem to have done a terrific job of filling in some other roster holes with their other picks. Houston possessed 10 picks in the draft, and while not every one figures to make an immediate impact, several of them could start from day one.

1st Round, 1st Overall: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

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1st Round, 1st Overall: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

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Jadeveon Clowney is being heralded as a once-in-a-generation pass rusher and for good reason. Clowney's combination of size, speed and explosiveness off the edge make him one of the best defensive prospects to come through the draft in some time, and pairing him with J.J. Watt will create matchup nightmares for opponents. While Clowney may not be an ideal fit in a 3-4, Romeo Crennel will find a way to maximize his potential.

2nd Round, 33rd Overall: Xavier Su'a-Filo, G, UCLA

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2nd Round, 33rd Overall: Xavier Su'a-Filo, G, UCLA

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With the first pick in the second round, the Texans chose to address the interior of their offensive line with Xavier Su'a-Filo out of UCLA. Su'a-Filo was considered the consensus best interior lineman in the draft and figures to slide in and start from the get-go for a Texans team that frequently had trouble keeping opponents from collapsing the pocket last season. Su'a-Filo figures to make a big impact right from the start and was a solid pick.

3rd Round, 65th Overall: C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Iowa

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3rd Round, 65th Overall: C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Iowa

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With the first pick in the third round, Houston opted for tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz out of Iowa. Fiedorowicz isn't on the same level as some of the draft's top tight ends, but he does bring a nice combination of in-line blocking and pass-catching ability which could allow him to see the field in two-TE sets. Fiedorowicz will likely be looked at to replace Owen Daniels and could make an early impact in red zone situations.

3rd Round, 83rd Overall: Louis Nix III, NT, Notre Dame

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3rd Round, 83rd Overall: Louis Nix III, NT, Notre Dame

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The Texans had to be pleasantly surprised to see Nix available this late in the draft as he was at one time pegged as a first-round prospect. Questions about Nix's conditioning and effort level caused him to drop precipitously, but he seems to be an ideal fit as the zero-technique NT in the Texans' 3-4 scheme. Nix could use the sleight as motivation and with his ability to occupy interior blockers, he could end up being a steal for Houston.

4th Round, 135th Overall: Tom Savage, QB, Pittsburgh

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4th Round, 135th Overall: Tom Savage, QB, Pittsburgh

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Although the Texans didn't opt to address their QB situation with any of their picks in the first three rounds, they chose one of the draft's more intriguing QB prospects in Tom Savage at the beginning of the fourth round. Savage wasn't that heralded coming out of college, but a strong pre-draft showing put him on several radars, and there's a good chance he could eventually step in and be the long-term answer at QB for Houston.

6th Round, 177th Overall: Jeoffrey Pagan, DE, Alabama

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6th Round, 177th Overall: Jeoffrey Pagan, DE, Alabama

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Jeoffrey Pagan enjoyed a solid college career playing in Nick Saban's defense at Alabama, and is an ideal fit as a 3-4 end in the Texans' defense. Like most 3-4 ends, Pagan isn't much of a pass rusher, but he profiles as a very good run stuffer, which is a valuable asset in the sixth round. Pagan could crack the rotation in camp and if he does, it wouldn't surprise to see him as a regular in short-yardage situations.

6th Round, 181st Overall: Alfred Blue, RB, LSU

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6th Round, 181st Overall: Alfred Blue, RB, LSU

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With their second sixth-round pick, the Texans opted to address their backfield by taking running back Alfred Blue out of LSU. Blue was more a third-down back for LSU, spelling Jeremy Hill on passing downs, and he's got the potential to serve in the same capacity for Houston. While Blue won't see the field much barring injuries to Arian Foster and Andre Brown, he can still contribute on special teams or in sub-packages.

6th Round, 211th Overall: Jay Prosch, FB, Auburn

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6th Round, 211th Overall: Jay Prosch, FB, Auburn

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While fullbacks are becoming a dying breed in today's NFL, the Texans' offense still incorporates one into many of their schemes. As a result, Prosch could get a long look as the lead blocker for Arian Foster and given his success blocking for Tre Mason last season, Houston may have found good value at this spot. Prosch is a solid blocker and can help out a bit in the passing game, which could lead to him starting Week 1.

7th Round, 216th Overall: Dre Hal, CB, Vanderbilt

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7th Round, 216th Overall: Dre Hal, CB, Vanderbilt

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With their first seventh-round pick, the Texans chose to add reinforcements to their cornerback corps by selecting Dre Hal out of Vanderbilt. While Hal lacks ideal size and ball recognition, he's got very good speed which allows him to stay with a lot of receivers in and out of breaks. As a seventh-rounder, Hal will likely start out on special teams if he makes the team, but he could see some burn in multi-receiver packages.

7th Round, 256th Overall: Lonnie Balentine, S, Memphis

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7th Round, 256th Overall: Lonnie Balentine, S, Memphis

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Lonnie Ballentine had the honor of being the 2014 draft's "Mr. Irrelevant", the last player taken. Ballentine played at a smaller school in Memphis, so he didn't get much pub, but he's got tremendous physical attributes. Ballentine is a big-time low-risk, high-reward prospect if he ever puts his talent and athleticism together, Houston could have themselves a great value pick here. In the meantime, he'll likely contribute as a special teamer.