Predicting the Impact of Every Houston Texans 2014 Draft Pick

Predicting the Impact of Every Houston Texans 2014 Draft Pick

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With the first overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans knew that they needed to make an impact. They did just that with the selection of Jadeveon Clowney, but for as great as that pick was, the rest of the draft was every bit as impressive for the team.

With that said, let’s take a look at just how well each Texans draft pick will fare.

Round 1, No. 1 Overall: Jadeveon Clowney, DE

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Round 1, No. 1 Overall: Jadeveon Clowney, DE

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With the first overall pick, the Texans picked up the draft’s best player in Clowney. With J.J. Watt already commanding the attention of offensive lines, Clowney should have plenty of opportunities to dominate.

Round 2, No. 33 Overall: Xavier Su’a-Filo, OG

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Round 2, No. 33 Overall: Xavier Su’a-Filo, OG

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Although it’s strange that the Texans didn't take a QB with their second-round pick, they still got great value in Xavier Su'a-Filo at the top of the second round. Su'a-Filo will step right in as a starter, and he should help improve a shaky interior line.

Round 3, No. 65 Overall: C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE

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Round 3, No. 65 Overall: C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE

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The more I’ve thought about this pick, the more I like it. With Garrett Graham in place, C.J. Fiedorowicz isn’t under a lot of pressure to produce right away, and that bodes well for his long-term success. Fiedorowicz has an opportunity to learn behind an established starter, and in a few years, he will get his chance to shine.

Round 3, No. 83 Overall: Louis Nix III, DT

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Round 3, No. 83 Overall: Louis Nix III, DT

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This was a phenomenal value pick for the Texans. Louis Nix III was widely considered to be a first-round talent going into the draft, and the fact the Texans got him with a third-round pick is simply astounding. With Clowney, Watt and Nix, the Texans’ defensive line will do great things.

Round 4, No. 135 Overall: Tom Savage, QB

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Round 4, No. 135 Overall: Tom Savage, QB

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This was a good, but not great pick for the Texans. Tom Savage was a late-riser up draft boards, but when you go back and look at the film, it’s obvious that he wasn’t worth a spot in the fourth round. That said, Savage has a considerable amount of arm talent; it’s just a matter of developing his decision-making and accuracy.

Round 6, No. 177 Overall: Jeoffrey Pagan, DE

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Round 6, No. 177 Overall: Jeoffrey Pagan, DE

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A solid depth pick, Jeoffrey Pagan isn’t ever going to be a starter but he will play well in a rotational role. Pagan isn’t going to wow you with his play, but he’s the type of player who will stick in the league for a long time.

Round 6, No. 181 Overall: Alfred Blue, RB

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Round 6, No. 181 Overall: Alfred Blue, RB

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Another steal for the Texans, Alfred Blue has legitimate starting potential down the line. With Ben Tate gone, Blue should step up behind Arian Foster and eventually overtake him for the team’s starting position.

Round 6, No. 211 Overall: Jay Prosch, FB

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Round 6, No. 211 Overall: Jay Prosch, FB

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Far and away the best fullback in the 2014 draft class, Jay Prosch should immediately be the starter in Houston. Prosch is a solid blocker and great in short-yardage situations. There is a lot of potential here.

Round 7, No. 216 Overall: Andre Hal, CB

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Round 7, No. 216 Overall: Andre Hal, CB

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The Texans wanted to add a player who could provide depth in the secondary, and Andre Hal does just that. Hal will give the Texans a solid backup corner with the potential to one day be a very effective starter.

Round 7, No. 256 Overall: Lonnie Ballentine, FS

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Round 7, No. 256 Overall: Lonnie Ballentine, FS

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Mr. Irrelevant, Lonnie Ballentine was actually a nice selection for the Texans. A freakish athlete with room to grow, Ballentine will contribute on special teams right away, and in time he could prove to be a fairly relevant player.


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